The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum is all about preserving the culture of the local area through exhibits, archives, workshops and events. Here’s my episode interviewing Roddy Moore, the institute’s co-director. Below, you’ll find lots of helps to get more out of the video and prepare you for your own visit!


We had a great visit, and I hope you enjoyed the show. More importantly, I hope this video has encouraged you to ramble on out to see the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum for yourself. And, don’t forget to put the Old World Echoes Concert and the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival on your calendar! Scroll down for more information.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, click on their logo.





We talked a lot about the Crooked Road in our conversation. Click on the logo to learn more about that.




Click on the poster below more information about the Blue Life Folklife Festival.

Here is a flyer about the upcoming Old World Echoes concert coming up on June 9, 2017. At the time of this posting, the information has not yet been updated. Check back from time to time by clicking on this flyer!

We also talked about a traveling show on the Early Virginia Canneries. Learn more about that history.

Many of the displays in the museum come from photography by Earl Palmer. Here is a look at his amazing work.

We discussed some of the key families in the music history of the region. Here are some links that will help you learn more.

Ralph Stanley and Family

Carter Family Article

Carter Family Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Stoneman Family

Make sure that in all of your ramblings, you are driving a safe, well-maintained vehicle.

Your Defensive Driving Tip for the Week

Avoid Impaired Driving – We all know that driving while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs is illegal – and stupid. But, there are far more impaired states that should cause us to stay out from behind the wheel of a car. Many legal drugs – prescription or over-the-county – can cause drowsiness or worse. Imagine driving with a severe case of the flu, or other illness. Driving while in intense pain – perhaps a broken bone. Driving while experience a tremendous emotional upheaval. The bottom line is that if there is any condition that has you unable to give driving your best and undivided attention, you should not be in command of a vehicle. Remember, you are driving a 2-ton chunk of steel hurling down the road at up to 70 miles-per-hour.