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Traveling WV, TN, NC. Travel advice, would be nice.

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May 27, 2019 - 1:17:42 PM
132 posts since 9/19/2014

Greetings on this Memorial Day. A day to remember the fallen. We live in a great country!! May we not take it for granted.

My family and I are taking an intentional trip as I prepare for retirement.

We pick up a vehicle in Charleston, WV and then head south to Knoxville. The perimeter of trip is Knoxville,TN to Brevard, NC across through Shelby, Mooresville then up to Winston Salem, NC.

Maybe if time, up to Lynchburg and Waynesboro area (you know what I am thinking, yes G.Stelling if time permits).

Questions are what are "must do's", attempt to do, and any festivals of sort, or music stores.

Please let me know and I would appreciate this much. Were simple folk even though we live in greater Los Angeles area.


Dates  June 12-25th.

Edited by - USAF PJ on 05/27/2019 13:19:30

May 27, 2019 - 2:12:22 PM
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10492 posts since 2/12/2011

Gruhn in Nashville is a shrine for instrument buyers and browsers.

May 27, 2019 - 2:31:45 PM
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1222 posts since 4/13/2009

Visit the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC. Check the web site for events and information.

May 27, 2019 - 2:41:08 PM
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1811 posts since 4/7/2010

Originally posted by kmwaters

Gruhn in Nashville is a shrine for instrument buyers and browsers.

as are Carter's vintage, Cotten Music, and Fanny's

May 27, 2019 - 2:50:20 PM
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1485 posts since 12/22/2006

The Wayne Henderson Guitar Competition and music festival is June 15th, and it is at Grayson Highlands State Park, in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. This is in the Mountains, One day fest.

There are no motels close by, and you have to bring your own chair.

May 27, 2019 - 2:55:57 PM



44 posts since 10/12/2011

Both Gruhns and Carter Vintage are great places to visit, but I don’t think the OP will be coming that far west.

If you do include Nashville in your plans, maybe catch a show at the “World Famous” Station Inn as well! Here’s a partial calendar:

May 27, 2019 - 3:44:40 PM
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41024 posts since 10/5/2013

Have a great trip!
I’d be checking out the Carter Family Fold in Hilton’s, VA. Looks like you can walk through some music history there,,, A.P.’s cabin, etc.

May 27, 2019 - 4:32:57 PM

274 posts since 4/15/2003

For Smoky Mountain Bluegrass, check out Raymond Fairchild and Band at the Maggie Valley Opry in Maggie Valley, NC, near Brevard and Cherokee . The schedule is at .

May 27, 2019 - 4:55:56 PM

99 posts since 12/7/2007

You might check the schedule at The Bluegrass Kitchen, in Charleston. Lots of live music on offer there, and relatively often. They have a website, I think. (All the best for a wonderful trip!)

May 27, 2019 - 5:17:31 PM
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1566 posts since 11/16/2006

Yates Banjos Hickory, NC

May 27, 2019 - 5:25:21 PM

945 posts since 1/26/2011

May 27, 2019 - 6:46:17 PM

115 posts since 6/12/2012

If you’re in NC there’s a Bluegrass Festival in Roxboro (Near the Virginia/NC line) Thursday-Saturday June 13-15. Lots of great bands, jamming, and it’s just 90 minutes from Lowe Vintage Instruments.

May 27, 2019 - 7:13:50 PM
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57 posts since 10/9/2017

If you're stopping in Brevard, Cedar Mountain Banjos is just outside of town.

May 27, 2019 - 8:14:08 PM
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1280 posts since 10/13/2004


If you're traveling from Charleston WV to Knoxville, TN your will most likely be coming south on I-77 and then on I-81....I'm about 10 minutes off I-81 in Johnson city, TN......I am a small builder of quality bluegrass banjos (Mullins Banjos) and I have about 20 right now.......Some prewar & postwar Gibsons....Maybe even a Stelling.....Be glad to have you stop by for a visit......

You might also want to visit the BCMA (Birthplace of Country Music Museum ) in Bristol, just before you get to Johnson City....

Take care

Clancy Mullins
"Mullins Banjos"

May 27, 2019 - 8:42:42 PM
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11951 posts since 10/30/2008

Near Lynchburg (I think) in the town of Bedford VA (I think) is the astounding D-Day Memorial park. Google it. Beautiful spot out in the country. Very moving place for a short visit if it's on your way.

Sounds like coming from Charleston and then up to Lynchburg possibly, you'll be crossing and recrossing The Crooked Road hillbilly music trail. Google that too.

May 28, 2019 - 8:01:49 AM
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64 posts since 4/10/2018

Check out the Country Store in Floyd, VA. They sponsor concerts, a dance evening, classes and workshops. The store has pretty good food too. The town has shops and restaurants. It’s on the Crooked Trail and near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

May 28, 2019 - 10:59:22 AM

1971 posts since 4/5/2006

As a former resident of So Ca, I can relate to the experience of a road trip thru BG country. In no particular order, Raymond Fairchild's Maggie Valley Opry is right down the road from Waynesville. Mt Pisca is in that area, there is a nice restaraunt up on the Mtn. (BYOB & they will serve you for a small corkage fee. Otherwise it is dry) The Builtmore mansion/ museum (fwiw) is in Ashland. If in the area, Bristol Va/Tn is the cradle of country music, where Ralph Peer set up & recorded the Carters, Jimmy Rogers & others. It also hosts a lot of NASCAR, if that is of interest. Somewhere in that general area is the Cumberland gap where D.Boone pioneered the the trail over the mtns. You can stand where Tn, Va, & Ky all come together & be in three states at the same time.  Mayberry (RFD re Andy Griffith) is somewhere in western NC ( google it) they have some events going on throughout the seaso that may be of interest. There are a lot of areas throughout the Smokies of interest to BG/OT musicians, too many to mention. Galax OT fiddler's, IMBA,  etc. etc. etc.

Yes, we do indeed live in a great country. Enjoy your trip. Thank you for your service.  

May 28, 2019 - 11:49:45 AM

57 posts since 10/9/2017

Originally posted by paco0909

Check out the Country Store in Floyd, VA. They sponsor concerts, a dance evening, classes and workshops. The store has pretty good food too. The town has shops and restaurants. It’s on the Crooked Trail and near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

I can second the recommendation for Floyd. It's a funky little town with a lot of good food and drink. They have a great music festival every year with a lot of acoustic/roots/BG/OT, but it's after your dates.

May 28, 2019 - 1:42:07 PM



519 posts since 8/29/2012

USAF PJ There’s a free concert in Oak Ridge (very close to Knoxville). June 15 Steve Gully & New Pinnacle/Jim Lauderdale.

Also check WDVX website for a list of recurring open jams in the Knoxville area. If you don’t have instruments just go listen for free enjoyment.

May 29, 2019 - 2:22:27 PM

26 posts since 12/7/2018

I second Clancy’s recommendation to stop by Bristol. Do Bristol during the day, then loop around (on a Saturday) to the Carter Fold for a show. They alternate Bluegrass and Old Time String Band every other week, if I remember.

Also, you will pass by an exit for Colonial Heights, a suburb of Kingsport, exit 57 I think, on 81 on the way to Bristol.  Stop by Food City and say hello if you want; I am the produce manager.

Edited by - C A McClellan on 05/29/2019 14:25:50

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