Friday, July 12, 2024, 7:30 PM

Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

$30 general admission
$10 students with ID and youth 18 and under
Please note, subscriber discounts do not apply to this event.

Featuring the Whitetop Mountain Band, the Lovely Mountaineers, Shelton & Williams, Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, and Earl White

The Crooked Road spans over 300 miles in Southwest Virginia, connecting 10 major venues, over 50 affiliate venues, and hundreds of traditional old-time and bluegrass artists. Join dozens of Crooked Road artists in a celebration of song, dance, and craft from central Appalachia.

Just like a mountain homecoming, you’ll feel the warmth and love that’s at the heart of Virginia’s heritage music and sing, clap, and even dance along on this cultural expedition as it explores the diverse musical offerings of Southwest Virginia.

The Lovely Mountaineers

Gina and Jason Dilg of The Lovely Mountaineers play, sing, teach, write, and make art about old-time and early country music from their home in Radford, Virginia, high on the Blue Ridge at the foot of Lovely Mount.

Whitetop Mountain Band

The Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop, Virginia is an area rich in the old-time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region's style of old-time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. The band is currently led by Emily Spencer, who was a founding member of the group in the 1970s.

Shelton & Williams

Shelton & Williams, featuring members Jeanette Williams, Jay Shelton, and Johnny Williams (all of Danville), performs a variety of styles — including original, classic country, gospel, blues, traditional and progressive bluegrass, and Americana. All members are songwriters and seasoned vocalists. Their first project as Shelton & Williams, So Much Time, So Much Love, was released in July 2022.

Jeanette Williams has become one of the most successful and celebrated women in bluegrass music. Her list of awards, accolades, and career highlights continues to grow — as does her adoring fan base from coast to coast and internationally — with her powerful songs, angelic voice, and warm, sincere personality. Touring, recording, and industry awards have become a mainstay for Williams. She also plays bass with the band. Williams has accumulated more than 17 SPBGMA nominations through 2021, including three wins for Female Vocalist of the Year (2009, 2012 and 2013); two IBMA awards (2006 and 2009 Recorded Event of the Year with the Daughters Of Bluegrass); two songwriting awards (2007 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, 2008 IAMA Songwriting Contest); and over 32 years of performance experience in bluegrass and bluegrass gospel. She is expanding her repertoire to include her early influences of classic country, blues, roots, and rock. 

Jay Shelton was on the bluegrass scene in the '70s and '80s as a lead singer and lead guitarist, changed direction to become the front man for a rock band for many years, and then became a singer-songwriter, performing solo concerts. In 2019 Shelton returned to the bluegrass scene. An accomplished lead guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, he recorded his first project, Home (with Jeanette and Johnny Williams) this past year.

Johnny Williams plays guitar, shares vocals, and writes most of the band’s original material. An award-winning singer and songwriter, Williams has been named Virginia State Champion Male Vocalist, PICABO Male Vocalist (twice), and PICABO Songwriter of the Year. He was the bluegrass division winner of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in 1998 and 1999. He has also been a finalist for the SPBGMA Male Vocalist and Songwriter the past few years in Nashville. Recently, Williams and his wife, Jeanette, were awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards by the city of Danville for their contributions to bluegrass music for the past 30 years, both nationally and internationally. 

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass continues to be deeply rooted in tradition but looks to the future with enthusiasm and anticipation. The group’s latest release, Bluegrass Troubadour, was nominated for IBMA’s Album of the Year and earned significant chart action, with the song Blink of an Eye spending several months at the number one spot on the Bluegrass music charts — it was also nominated for IBMA's Song of the Year.

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass plays powerful, unadorned, and intense traditional bluegrass. There is no hybrid or genre-bending music here. The combination of instrumentation and vocals conveys the energy and emotion of classic bluegrass and country music. Paisley’s lead vocals will captivate your senses, so much so that many prominent musicians, including Alison Krauss, have considered him one of their favorite singers. His voice combines powerful range and soulful blues with a sound like no one else in bluegrass today.

Since Danny’s father, Bob Paisley (founder of Southern Grass), passed away in 2004, Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass has made its niche in the bluegrass world, producing consecutive chart-topping albums. The group has received over 20 Bluegrass Music Award nominations and won the 2009 IBMA Song of the Year for Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away. In 2021, Danny Paisley joined an elite group of vocalists to be awarded the IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year for the third time — an achievement bestowed only to five others in Bluegrass music history.

With Paisley on guitar, Southern Grass continues the family tradition by adding Paisley’s son, Ryan, on mandolin — part of the next generation of up-and-coming pickers. Southern Grass continues the rich musical heritage started by Bob Paisley and Ted Lundy with Lundy’s sons, T.J. (fiddle) and Bobby (bass and vocals). T.J. Lundy is a highly respected fiddler, bridging the gap between old-time fiddling and bluegrass music. Bobby Lundy is also a renowned multi-instrumentalist who has gained attention for his unique bass style. Southern Grass also includes Dean Phillips on banjo.

Danny Paisley, born in Landenberg, Pennsylvania, in 1959, grew up listening to the music his father Bob played and enjoyed hearing the sounds of classic bluegrass like Red Allen, Mac Martin, Bill Monroe, the Stanleys, Reno and Smiley, and the Osbornes, as well as old-time mountain music and traditional country music. Once you hear Paisley sing, it is no surprise that he lists George Jones and Vern Gosdin as major influences.

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass continues to carry on a legacy set forth over six decades ago, gathering fans at each event; the group looks forward with renewed energy as it bring its unique sound to audiences near and far.

Earl White

Earl White is a fiddler, founding member of the Green Grass Cloggers, and leader of the Earl White Stringband. White co-founded the Big Indian Farm Artisan Bakery in Floyd and is an influential person in the old-time music and dance community. He is an African American playing music that many forget was once a part of Black culture and Black communities across the U.S. and in Virginia.

We've hosted many Crooked Road events at the Moss Arts Center, including in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2022.

The logo for The Crooked Road, depicting a green mountain with a crooked road winding down it towards an orange base. Navy blue text reads "The Crooked Road 20 Years Virginia's Heritage Music Trail". The zero in the 20 is represented with a navy blue and white banjo.