To complement "The Crooked Road", Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, Butch explains the importance of "The Straight Road", running through Virginia from Roanoke to Knoxville, TN. Not only is the video historically informative, but the pickin' sure can't be beat! Be patient with the slow start and hang on to your hat!
Below is a live recording of Butch playing the "Lee Highway Blues" with Scott Freeman & Willard Gayheart.
Carlton Haney's Roanoke Blue Grass Festival
Also along "The Straight Road", the first multi-day, multi-band Blue Grass Festival was held in 1965 at Cantrell's Horse Farm, in Fincastle, VA, not far from Roanoke. The video below shows scenes from that Festival. The soundtrack includes Butch playing the banjo.
Here's a live recording of Butch playing with Rual Yarbrough & Al Osteen at the 1969 Camp Springs' Banjo Workshop.....Roanoke, Virginia is one of the largest cities along "The Straight Road".
"The Lincoln Theater", Marion, Virginia
Butch, with The World International Blue Grass Band, playing at The Lincoln Theater, in Marion, Virginia, for a live TV show for "Song of The Mountain", in 2007. Marion, VA is also along "The Straight Road".
Birthplace of Country Music - Bristol, TN/VA
Butch, at a benefit show for "Tater" Tate, with other former Blue Grass Boys. Bristol is yet another city along "The Straight Road", and home to "The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Museum" and the beautifully restored Paramount Theater.