Published February 16, 2024

In recognition of several important anniversaries for Virginia’s country music institutions, Governor Glenn Youngkin declared 2024 the “Year of Country Music” for the Commonwealth in February. Anchoring this year of celebrating Virginia’s country music history is the 20th anniversary of the Crooked Road Music Heritage Trail.

“We celebrate the rich music history of the Commonwealth with incredible anniversaries and milestones in 2024. The music festivals, venues, and historic music sites across Virginia attract visitors from around the world,” Governor Glenn Youngkin said.

Virginia Folklife is honoring 20 years of the Crooked Road on Saturday, March 23, with a (sold out!) special performance at the Barns at Wolf Trap in collaboration with the National Council for the Arts. More info.


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