Songwriters of The Crooked Road

"The Story of Song" in Virginia

3 Days  |  March 19-21, 2018

Starting At $299.00
A Heritage Music 'Special Event' available only to Tour Groups. Space is limited! In the mountains of Southwest Virginia the Roots of American Music run deep. On this tour your travelers will hear the Bluegrass and Mountain tunes of the regions earliest settlers. You will discover the Birthplace of Country Music and hear the first musical Radio Broadcasts. Then you meet Grammy Award Winning Songwriters in an intimate dinner show setting and learn the stories behind their songs.

Songwriters of The Crooked Road

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  • Two Special Dinner Shows
    • “Music from the Crooked Road”
    • “The Story of Song”
  • Heartwood, SW Virginia’s Artisan Center
  • Bristol Motor Speedway Tour
  • Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Downtown Bristol Shopping
  • Two Nights Deluxe Hotel
  • Two Dinners
  • Two Hotel Breakfasts
  • Options for Extra Days
  • All Taxes, Tips and Luggage Handling
  • One Free with Every 16 Paid

Prices Per Person

Per Person Prices

$299 Double

$279 Triple . . . $259 Quad . . . $439 Single

All Prices are Net

Economy hotels are available.  Transportation not included

Space is limited, a deposit of $5.00 per person is due on booking (this secures your seats).  Second deposit of $50 per person due at 90 days, cancellation for a refund and final payment are due at 30 days prior.


Day 1 – Abingdon, VA  – “Music From The Crooked Road”

On arrival in Abingdon you find that an evening of comfort and music await, following hotel arrival (Comfort Suites or Similar) you visit “Heartwood,” the headquarters of The Crooked Road aka Southwest Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.  Here you will learn of old-time, bluegrass and gospel music, and find a great selection of mountain arts & crafts.

Your meal is part of a dinner show, literally titled “Music From the Crooked Road.”  While it is traditional mountain home cooking, Heartwood’s Chef has created dishes that are both adventurous and satisfying.

To explain, “The Crooked Road” we like to say it is a path the crosses the frontier of Country Music. Heartwood is but a performance place and an interpretive center on that path.  It was built to explain the roots of music and to provide for it a chance to thrive. Tonight’s show is musical history featuring old-time bluegrass musicians celebrating the heritage of Bluegrass.   (D)

Day 2 – Abingdon/Bristol – The Story of Song

This morning begins with a small diversion to the Bristol Motor Speedway.  Here you first visit “Thunder Valley,” the Bristol Dragway.  Try to imagine a top fueler blasting past you at 300 mph. Next is Bruton Smith’s suite overlooking the high-banked half-mile oval track.  Then to complete your experience you take a lap around the track, see Bristol’s high-banked turns up close and then roll down pit road – just like yesterday’s heroes and today’s shining stars.

The afternoon features Downtown Bristol and the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum.  An affiliate of the Smithsonian this museum is dedicated to the telling of one story only “The Bristol Sessions.”  Johnny Cash called this event “The Big Bang of Country Music,” because he felt it was the single greatest moment in recording history – it was the first commercially successful, music recording session.

It happened in 1927 when a talent scout for the Victor Talking Machine Company carried a portable recording device into a hat factory on State Street. He advertised, inviting musicians to record the music of the Appalachians. Through this museum the authenticity of that single moment and this region’s rich music legacy sings loud and proud today. The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, both destined to be legends, were among those who first made recordings here.

After the museum you have free time in downtown Bristol where State Street separates Virginia from Tennessee. There are many quaint shops, antiques, boutique clothing stores, fine art and more. You can take pictures with the famous Bristol sign, stand in Two States at once, and buy yourself a milkshake at the Burger Bar (rumored to be the restaurant where Hank Williams ate his last meal).

Next is the highlight of this tour, an evening with Grammy Winning Songwriter Richard Leigh, his friends and their music.   This is an intimate evening with members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.  It is filled with stories, songs, laughter and memories.   These songwriters have written for such musical legends as Ray Charles, Connie Frances, George Jones & Tammy Wynette, The Dixie Chicks, Anne Murray & Perry Como to name a few.

Richard has written nine songs himself that rose to #1 Hits on the charts.  The first was “I’ll Get Over You,” followed by “Don’t it Make Your Brown Eyes Blue” both performed by Crystal Gayle.

RICHARD LEIGH Hit Songs            Recorded by
1976 I’ll Get Over You. . . Crystal Gayle
1978 Don’t if Make Your Brown Eyes Blue. . . Crystal Gayle
1982 Put Your Dreams Away. . . Mickey Gilley
1984 That’s the Thing About Love. . . Don Williams
1985 Life’s Highway . . . Steve Wariner
1990 Come From the Heart. . . Kathy Mattea
1991 Somewhere in My Broken Heart. . . Billy Dean
1991 Only Here for a Little While. . . Billy Dean
1992 The Greatest Man I Ever Knew. . . Reba McEntire
EVEN STEVENS Hit Songs            Recorded by
1978 When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman. . . Dr. Hook
1979 Suspicions. . . Eddie Rabbitt
1979 Drivin’ My Life Away. . . Eddie Rabbitt
1980 I Love A Rainy Night. . . Eddie Rabbitt
1981 Step By Step. . . Eddie Rabbitt
1982 Love Will Turn You Around. . . Kenny Rogers
1989 No Matter How High . . . Oak Ridge Boys
1989  Lovin’ Only Me. . . Ricky Skaggs
1990 Crazy In Love. . . Conway Twitty
1990  Black Coffee. . . Lacy Dalton

This night begins with Southern Appalachian culture for both your ears and mouth.  A great country dinner is accompanied by music from an All-Girl Band known as “The Loose Strings.” These ladies have a unique style blending tight vocal and sweet rhythms that they apply to Gospel, Bluegrass and Country.   Their song list includes a number Richard Leigh wrote for their new CD.   The Loose Strings will perform during dinner and are followed by Richard Leigh and Friends. (B,D)

Day 3 – Departure Day

This is your scheduled departure day.   Groups who wish can ask about custom tours that include additional sites along the Crooked Road, including the Barter Theater who has a production of “Footloose” as both a matinee and evening show today.


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