Note from Dan: The Crooked Road announced this afternoon that it’s no longer pursuing federal designation as a National Heritage Area, in the face of misinformation being spread by Tea Party activists that the designation would be “an attack on private property rights.”
Here’s my column in today’s paper about this matter.
Here’s the press release The Crooked Road sent out Thursday afternoon:
THE CROOKED ROAD PROMOTES HARMONY NOT DISCORD
“On an icy day in January 2003, a small group of volunteers from throughout Southwest Virginia sat around a pot-bellied stove at the Carter Family Fold and planned The Crooked Road. Lunch was prepared and a fervent blessing said by Jeanette Carter. The Crooked Road has always been, and continues to be, about the traditional music of Southwest Virginia. Over the last 10 years, The Crooked Road has sought to unite the communities of Southwest Virginia through their shared musical heritage. The unified nature of this initiative has also been its strength, allowing the region to establish and benefit economically from having an internationally known brand for authentic traditional music. Read more »