Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Down on the Crooked Road

XM Satellite's channel 14 is the lone station on their digital dial dedicated to bluegrass music. The playlist varies from the timeless songs of stars from days gone by to big name bands that headline today's festivals. I was cruising along down the road the other day when lyrics of a song on this station grabbed my attention:

"Headin' out of Ferrum on this winding two lane road, Mountain music hummin' from my dashboard radio..."

I looked at the radio display to see who would be singing about Ferrum, a small community at the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge in Virginia. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that band was the Dixie Bee-Liners, a group based in Abingdon, Virginia.

The song, Down on the Crooked Road, is a lyrical ride from end to end of Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. It is also the first single released on the Dixie Bee-Liners' sophomore album that is due out in Spring '08. Take a listen to the song on the group's myspace page and enjoy their other work while you're there.


Steven said...

Might add that Sam Morrow is quite an accomplished fine artist, too. He currently has a show at one of Appalachia's finest public museums, the William King Art Center in Abingdon, Virginia.


SteveLong said...

I would add that Ferrum is a very important town in the history of modern bluegrass music, at it used to be the home of Doobie Shea recording. I have spent countless hours listening to many fine recordings that came out of that studio. For example, the Lonesome River Band has done several prominent recordings there.

Leslie Shelor said...

The talent of the musicians and artisans of Southwest Virginia is continually amazing. Check out http://www.roundthemountain.org as well.

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Ssssteve said...

I found your site through JT's and I love that channel on XM. Probably the best channel on there.

ChristiS said...

I'll have to listen to that one on XM! Thanks!