Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Mountain Song Inn has tickets for the first  2 guest to claim them.  Most of our guest are busy next weekend at Chateau Morrisette's open house , but we have a room open for anyone who want to attend this gig at the  Floyd Country Store.

12/04: Upland Express to Play the Country Store

upland_expressCome join us for this Country, Rock, Rhythm and Blues-grass Experience! The Floyd Country Store will be hosting Upland Express Saturday, December 4th at 8:00 PM.
Upland Express began in 1974 as a bluegrass band.  Over the years, the group has won numerous awards, experienced several personnel replacements and changes in musical tastes, but through it all there remains the tradition of quality performance generated by its members.  The present incarnation of Upland boasts an eclectic song list, rendering the group unique reputation as a variety band, and reflects well the diverse musical influences of its members.  Currently, they include:  Barry Collins, Gary Collins, Barry James and Dara James.
Tickets for Upland Express are $10.00 and are available online at www.floydcountrystore.com by phone 540-745-4563 or stop in at the store.
The Floyd Country Store, home of the Friday Night Jamboree, has been an important part of the Floyd community for a century now. This historical landmark is a destination along “The Crooked Road”, Virginia’s Music heritage trail, and continues to be the meeting place for traditional musicians from the area.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Floyd County makes it big time in Washington Post

Well Floyd County has made news in the Washington Post...is it our eclectic way of life, our music talent,
our artisans...NOOOO!!! It is the fact that we don't have a liquor store in the entire county.
Now isn't that they way we want people to remember us. Well press is press and we somehow got our name out there....so that's a good thing isn't it? Check it out at the link below.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Time to Start Preparing for the 2011 Festival Season

 - Starting with Floydfest

Last year Mountain Song Inn booked about 4 months out for Floyd Fest, 
don't miss 
this opportunity to have a wonderful place to stay and enjoy the music. 
Make your reservations today.

November 23, 2010


FloydFest, the annual music andarts festival described by one on-line reviewer as a
“unicorn in a horse pasture of music festivals” celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary
this July 28-31, 2011. Held in the non-commercialNational Park environs of the
beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, the scenic journey getting to this gem of a festival
is truly the perfect warm-up to the event, which takes place on an 80 acre plateau
overlooking a scenic gorge.  At 3200’ elevation, the event site features beautiful
wooded camping, as well as hiking and bike trails. Spanning four full days, and
offering 9 unique stages of entertainment, ranging from the beautifully timber framed
Dreaming Creek Main and Hillholler stages to the campy ‘Pink Floyd Garden Stage’
and the homey ‘Virginia Folklife Workshop Porch,’ FloydFest spans genres and
generations to truly create a “something for everybody” experience.
The production company behind the event, Across-the-Way Productions 
of Floyd, Virginia, has in fact dubbed this birthday bash event FloydFest X – 
the eXperience, and has utilized patron survey feedback to create a blowout 
line-up that includes favorite and most-requested acts from years past, with 
an initial artist roster that boasts the best in new and returning artists, including 
Taj Mahal, Del McCoury BandDavid Grisman QuintetYard Dogs Road Show
Sam Bush Band, Hot Tuna Electric and Acoustic, Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey, Toubab KreweDonna the Buffalo, Tony Rice Unit, Pimps of Joytime, 
Carolina Chocolate Drops, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Peter Rowan’s 
Bluegrass Band, John Brown’s Body, Boombox, New MonsoonBaka Beyond
Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, My Dear Disco, Shane Pruitt Band, DJ Williams 
Projekt, American Aquarium and 2010 Under the Radar winners Big Daddy 
Love. As part of the special overall eXperience, each and every artist will 
give an intimate ‘workshop’ performance on the Appalachian-style 
‘workshop porch.’

True to long-standing tradition, FloydFest will offer deep discount holiday ticket
packages through December 31st, with 4-day weekend tickets available for under
In 2010 FloydFest reached a capacity crowd, and this special 2011 edition is
anticipated to sell-out.A limited number of special ticket packages, fittingly dubbed
‘X-spot’ packages, include early arrival, primo camping, and on-site parking. Limited
number VIP tickets include backstage catering, parking, on-stage seating, pre- and
after-party admission. A family-friendly event, FloydFest features a centrally-located ‘
Children’s Universe,’ Healing Arts Village, Blue Ridge to Bayou Dance Tent,
Sustainability programs, a Beer and Wine Garden featuring local and regional wines
and microbrews, over 100 art and craft vendors, and a ‘Global Village.’

For tickets or general information, visit floydfest.com or call 888-VA-FESTS.

For press inquiries, please contact Mandy Gresham, mandy@darbycommunications.comor 828.254.0914

Monday, November 22, 2010


FLOYD - WSLS continues to feature the town and county of Floyd during our “Your Town” series this week.
Our next stop took us to Chateau Morrisette just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County. Tuesday was a bottling day where we got to see the final step before those bottles of wine make it to your dinner table.
“It's the coming out of the wine. We've gone through a long drawn-out process of harvesting the grapes and making the wine,” said Dan TallmanDirector of Winemaking.
On days like this, workers bottle 4,000 gallons- that’s 2,000 cases of wine.
Owner, David Morrisette, knows what’s become a customer favorite.
"I guess the most popular one that we're most well-known for would be Our Dog Blue. It's a semi-sweet wine,” he said.
To make sure the wine tastes just right, the workers have a lot of responsibility.
"We make sure the wine is going into the bottle correctly so that we don't oxidize it- that it has the right vacuum. It’s a lot of technical stuff, but it's really important for the consumer,” Tallman said.
Morrisette said 2008 was a great year when the drought was a good thing for his wine. He still takes extra precautions for any other bad weather.
"We have approximately 250 acres of grapes. Some are at this location, but we also have some throughout the whole state so if there's bad weather- frost or freeze or a drought- we still have fruit,” he said.
Morrisette makes sure they have a variety of wines to satisfy each person’s taste buds.
"From the fine connoisseur to the one who really likes sweet wines, we have a different style for every person who walks through the door,” Morrisette said.
Tours are available. If you want to learn more about Chateau Morrisette, click here.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


I have met Gunther Hauk of Spikenard Farm (try the link below for his 6 minute video) and believe in his way of beekeeping. His informational classes are excellent.  I have purchased his book and it is very informative for a beekeeper.  Spikenard Farm is a wonderful place to visit.

Mountain Song Inn has 3 bee hives, we serve our own organic honey at our four course breakfast.
If you are interested we will suit you up when you visit and give you a hive demonstration(must be done when the temperature is above 60 degrees). Several guest have done this and gone home to take classes from their local county bee associations and start bee hives themselves. The more people we get involved  with bees the better. The honey bee needs all the help we can give them, if we loose the honey bee we can't be sure that other pollinators can take up the slack. Education is very important, we must learn what we are doing wrong.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

11/27: Kenny and Amanda Smith Band to Play the Country Store


11/27: Kenny and Amanda Smith Band to Play the Country Store

Kenny_and_Amanda_SmithThe Floyd Country Store will be hosting the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band Saturday, November 27 at 8:00 PM. Winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2003, the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band combines gutsy, heartfelt vocals, brilliant instrumental talents and a powerful, contemporary sense of song choice and arrangement into one of the most compelling new sounds in bluegrass today.
A creation of the intensely personal musical and romantic connection between Kenny and Amanda, the band shares an all-too-rare sense of intimacy and cohesion where each musician feels an almost telepathic connection. Musicians call it being in the groove, where the group collectively accents each beat in precisely the same way. With Kenny leading the way on guitar, this band never has trouble finding the groove.
Originally from Nine Mile, Indiana, Kenny is widely considered one of the most important and influential flatpicking-style guitarists of his generation. A two-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year award winner, his professional credits include six years with the popular Lonesome River Band and an exceptional solo CD, Studebaker, released on Sugar Hill Records in 1997.
Kenny is in great demand at guitar workshops and master classes, teaching at the renowned Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend series and at guitar workshops at major events such as IBMA. He has just released a two-DVD instruction set on AcuTab Publications.
Born in the small town of Davisville, West Virginia, Amanda grew up singing in church choirs and participating in talent contests at local fairs. “I always sang, my mom and dad said, even before I can remember,” she says. She started playing guitar in high school to accompany herself, and soon discovered bluegrass music through female artists such as Rhonda Vincent and Alison Krauss.
In September 2008, the band released Live and Learn, their fifth album, on Rebel Records. With dynamic vocals and inventive instrumentation, the exciting, diverse disc also features the pitch-perfect song choice that has marked every release of the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band.
Tickets for the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band are $15.00 and are available online at www.floydcountrystore.com by phone 540-745-4563 or stop in at the store at 206 South Locust Street.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More Music in Floyd!!

The Floyd Country Store Presents Americana Afternoons 
– Every Saturday, a scheduled performer stars at noon, and Americana Open Mic begins at 1:30, Admission is Free. Each week the store hosts a different This historical landmark is a destination along The Crooked Road, Virginia's Music heritage trail, and continues to be the meeting place for traditional musicians from the area. • Floyd Country Store •206 South Locust St. •Floyd VA 24091 
Email for information 
For More Information Call: 540-745-4563 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

 New Roanoke Jug Band to reunite for Country Store Christmas. Floyd, Va. 12/11/10.

Rootstone is a group of versatile young musicians who conjure the ancient strains of American music with a fearless old school sensibility.
This is not Roots Music with a modern twist, or a dash of punk added; It's a full tilt primitive revival that conjures the sounds of Memphis' great jug bands and songsters, Mississippi's Blues and Fiddle masters, and the Blues greats and superb string bands of the Carolina Piedmont.
Around one mic, we sing the songs with their regional accents, and use a rotating arsenal of guitars, banjos, fiddle, upright bass, washboard, jug, harmonica and more to make a glorious ruckus, in full harmony with the ghosts of 400 years of American Roots Music.
Come out and experience it for yourself! We hope to see you at our next show.
Mountain Song Inn has two free tickets to this Country Store event for the first 2 day reservation we receive for this concert. Book Fri.-Sat. or Sat.-Sun. and they are yours. Our online reservations are time stamped so be the first in line. Hope to see you here!