Celebrate Grayson County’s old-time music heritage, honoring E.C. & Orna Ball and Jessie Lovell & Evelyn Farmer.

Benefitting Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM), The Mt. Rogers School, and The Historic 1908 Courthouse Foundation, the Legends of Grayson Old-Time Weekend honors past old-time legends from Virginia’s musically rich Grayson County who continue to influence new generations. In 2024, the celebration will pay tribute to Rugby guitarist and gospel singers E.C. Ball and his wife Orna Ball, along with Fries guitar and folk singing legends Jessie Lovell and Evelyn Farmer. It’s two days of music, history, storytelling, dance, workshops and fun in heart of the Blue Ridge.

Legends of Grayson is a related event of The Crooked Road and The Blue Ridge Music Center and is developed by Peach Bottom Partners for Grayson County Tourism. The Virginia Folklife Program is a media sponsor of this year’s festival, providing documentation support as well as sharing never-before-screened archival footage featuring Jessie Lovell and Evelyn Farmer.

Weekend Overview

Friday, April 5
Tribute to Jessie Lovell & Evelyn Farmer

5pm: Jam
7pm: Concert, featuring:
Archival footage from Virginia Folklife
Family & Friends Tribute
New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters
Stevie Barr and Friends

Saturday, April 6
Tribute to E.C. & Orna Ball

9:30am: Coffee & donuts
10am: Rising Stars of Old-Time Coffee Talk Roundtable
1pm, 2:20pm, 3:20pm: Master-Led Workshops
4:30pm: Jam
7pm: Concert, featuring:
Wayne Henderson and Friends
Tom Mylet and Friends
The Sheets Family Band
Tessa & Chance McCoy