May 11 2017

Crooked Road Publishes Mountains of Music Homecoming Guide


Crooked Road Publishes Mountains of Music Homecoming Guide


The Crooked Road has published the Official Guide to the third annual Mountains of Music Homecoming. The Guide includes details on 25 Crooked Road concerts and over 100 cultural events taking place across Southwest Virginia during the nine days of the Homecoming, June 9-17.

The Guide is rich with information helpful to travelers hoping to experience the wealth of traditional music The Crooked Road is known for, including jam sessions and concerts happening each day during the Homecoming.  A handy map of the region is also included, complete with a table listing driving distances between every community in Southwest Virginia, similar to the state transportation map.


Original essays on Southwest Virginia history, craft, cuisine, outdoor recreation and, of course, music have been included by notable writers such as Sharyn McCrumb, Betsy White, Joe Tennis, Roddy Moore, Vaughan Webb, Jean Haskell, Katie Hoffman, and Ted Olson.  The Guide also includes an article entitled “The Birth of The Crooked Road,” written by community developer Todd Christensen who co-founded The Crooked Road with folklorist Joe Wilson in 2003.


Continuing a feature presented in last year’s Homecoming Guide is “How To Talk Like A Southwest Virginian,” a light-hearted look at colorful phrases that people in the region use in everyday speech.  The feature from last year’s guide focused on how to correctly pronounce the names of some often-mispronounced town names in Southwest Virginia. That feature was widely shared on social media, reaching over 165,000 people on Facebook.


The Guides are available free of charge at Southwest Virginia branches of Bank of Marion, New Peoples Bank, and Union Bank & Trust; Southwest Virginia public library branches; numerous visitor centers, venues and tourism offices in Southwest Virginia; and all Virginia Welcome Centers.  The Guide may also be viewed and downloaded from the event website at:


Crooked Road executive director Jack Hinshelwood said “We hope the Homecoming Guide becomes a publication that people will hang on to and enjoy for years.  It contains the story of Southwest Virginia as told by Southwest Virginians. That’s the way it should be.”


Submitted by:

Jack Hinshelwood

The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail

Phone: (276) 492-2409

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