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Apr 11, 2013 - Riding the Crooked Road on a Rental Bus

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains are known for their speed demons. The moonshiners of old tore over country roads in 1940 Ford coupes, executing 180-degree “bootleg turns” and using bright lights to blind the revenue officers shooting at their tires. Legend has it that many of Nascar’s original drivers cut their teeth here, and modern stock car design is almost certainly indebted to the “liquor cars” dreamed up in local garages, modified for speed and for hauling brimful loads of “that good old mountain dew,” as the country song goes. Today, you can tour Virginia’s back roads with a bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus rented from Bus Rental Virginia.

The Crooked Road is Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, a route through the Appalachian Mountains from the Blue Ridge to the Coalfields region, following U.S. Route 58 that can be taken with a rental bus. The trail connects major heritage music venues in the region such as the Blue Ridge Music Center, Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, and the Carter Family Fold. The traditional gospel, bluegrass, and mountain music heard today was passed down from the generations and lives on through a wealth of musicians and instrument makers along the trail. Annual festivals, weekly concerts, live radio shows, and informal jam sessions abound throughout the region. A variety of handcrafted woodwork, weaving, and pottery can be found in country stores and small workshops. Numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, from hiking, biking, fishing and boating are also available.

The diversity of settlers funneled into the region gave rise to its unique musical style. Today the “old-time” Virginia music, the forerunner of American country, is still performed not just at legendary venues such as the Carter Family Fold near Hiltons, Virginia, but at Dairy Queens, community centers, coon hunting clubs, barber shops, local rescue squads and VFW halls. A fiddle tune may be played three different ways in one county, the sound is markedly modified as you travel deeper into the mountains toward the coalfields. Some of the oldest, loveliest songs are known as “crooked tunes,” for their irregular measures; they lead the rental bus visitor in unexpected directions, and give the music trail its name.

The Commonwealth of Virginia has given official recognition to “The Crooked Road” Highway signage identifying the more than 300-mile route as it winds through the scenic terrain of the region. Although the trail is focused on the uniqueness and vitality of this region’s heritage music, it also includes outdoor recreational activities, museums, crafts, and historic and cultural programs. Efforts to develop and promote “The Crooked Road” include production of a travel guide, website, and CD for rental bus visitors, including production of audio CDs featuring musicians from the area and highway pull-offs with radio transmitters and additional written information along the trail route.

Delve into the heart of the roots of country music with a rental bus ride on the Crooked Road. Bus Rental Virginia will be glad to help you organize your rental bus trip.