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Blue Ridge Music Trails: Finding a Place in the Circle
by Fred C. Fussell
photographs by Cedric N. Chatterley
University of North Carolina Press, 2003
Trade paperback, $15.95 ( 255 pages)
ISBN: 0-8078-5459-X
  Traditional music and dance fills the air in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia, where local radio stations broadcast live performances, there are weekly gatherings in communities, and large fiddlers' conventions drawing folks from all over the world.

Blue Ridge Music Trails is a great introduction for the bluegrass newcomer with an overview of regional music history and profiles.  For the connoisseur, the guide lists more than 160 events and venues broken down by county with driving directions and maps.

The guide is excellent for your Blue Ridge vacation with radio station information, music museums and shops. In Sturgills, North Carolina, be sure to kick up your heels at the Hog Stomp Thursday evening at the Old Helton School. In Floyd, Virginia, you'll want to stop by for the Friday Night Jamboree at Floyd Country Store. No trip would be complete without a visit to the Blue Ridge Music Center near Galax, Virginia.

Blue Ridge Music Trails is a project of the Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative and its partners, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum of Ferrum College, the North Carolina Folklife Institute, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, National Park Service.

Fred C. Fussell, Director of the Chattahoochee Folklife Project, specializes in the study and interpretation of the traditional folk culture of the American South. He lives in Buena Vista, Georgia.

Joyce Dixon
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