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Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck donation to Handmade Music School

On August 27th, 2019, Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck performed to a sold out crowd at the Floyd Country Store. As part of their mission to support local non-profit organizations in towns along their touring routes, Abigail and Béla generously donated the proceeds from merchandise sales at their Floyd concert to the Handmade Music School.

2019-11-25T19:19:22-05:00November 22nd, 2019|

Rachel by the Kimble Family

Here’s a tune from our local area that was played in the OT jam led by Jason Phillips at Floyd Country Store on Sunday 2/18/18. It sometimes causes a stir with seasoned jammers since its name is Rachel and it is played in D. However, as many of you know, there’s another tune in D by that same name that is also known as Texas Quickstep. Totally different melody but a great tune in itself.

2019-11-21T09:14:08-05:00September 23rd, 2019|

Shootin Creek

This week’s tune is Shootin Creek. I have a version of this Franklin/Floyd County tune that is played by Peg Hatcher of Franklin County. His great-grandson is Chris Prillaman of Dry Hill Dragger fame who played at the Floyd Country Store last Friday Nite (2/2/18) in a different group, the Still Hollow Ramblers. Chris and his wife traveled to Floyd by way of Shooting Creek road. He was actually playing the same fiddle for the flat footers as heard in this clip.

2019-11-25T18:59:45-05:00September 23rd, 2019|

Sweet Grapes by Sidna and Fulton Myers

OK, it’s time to really open your mind and forgive the first 10 seconds of this clip from Sidna and Fulton Meyers of the Five Forks area north of Hillsville in Carroll County. The banjo-fiddle duet is such a strong tradition in this area. Sidna’s banjo tuning is one based on A or G modal with 5th string tuned down. It’s found in the playing of certain banjo players from this area sometimes with the 4th string tuned up for that lowest melody note.

2019-11-25T18:47:54-05:00September 20th, 2019|

Cuffy by NH Mills

This week I want to showcase a tune usually in G from the eastern part of my ‘local’ area. NH “Nick” Mills was from the Boones Mill area of Franklin County and was recorded playing this tune solo on fiddle along with several others. I chose it for its uniqueness. I know several on this list are already familiar with this recording.

2019-11-21T09:12:16-05:00September 20th, 2019|

Take the Summer of Handmade Music Challenge!

Summer is here! Take advantage of longer daylight hours to learn a new instrument! Or use the longer days to put more time towards an instrument you are currently learning. Summer is a great time to set new goals and make progress on musical self-improvement, and instructors at the Handmade Music School are here to help you with all of your musical goals!

2019-12-03T07:47:39-05:00June 13th, 2019|