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Folkies flock to southwest Virginia for roots music, ground zero of country, bluegrass, Americana

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  • A great deal of classic American music, traditional country, bluegrass and Americana, sprang from the old time sounds of the Southern mountains. At an outdoor amphitheater on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can hear it live most Sundays through mid-October.1 of 21
  • The area, just south of Galax, Virginia, remains a hotbed of so-called old time music, which originated in the areas hills and hollows.2 of 21
  • Like the Parkway, The Blue Ridge Music Center is owned and operated by the federal government. It attracts 40,000 visitors a year.3 of 21
  • The amphitheater opened in 2001.4 of 21
  • The amphitheater shows are handled by the non-government Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation; Richard Emmett, left, is its program director at the center. The interpretive ranger at the center is Janet Bachmann, right.5 of 21
  • Mandarin Orange played the Blue Ridge Music Center  with the Winston-Salem Symphony on June 1.6 of 21
  • The amphitheater was packed for the Mandarin Orange/Winston-Salem Symphony concert. Admission to amphitheater concerts is $15-$35.7 of 21
  • The Old Crow Medicine Show headlined a Blue Ridge Music Center  concert in 2017.8 of 21
  • The acclaimed Steep Canyon Rangers, based out of western North Carolina, were 2018 headliners at the Blue Ridge Music Centers<p>Article source: <a href=https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2019/08/12/galax-virginia-home-old-time-roots-music-barbecue-and-more/1988179001/

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