It’s Friday evening at the Floyd Country Store, one of the landmarks along Virginia’s Crooked Road, which anchors a century-old tradition of live music throughout the state. The Stanley Brothers played along the road, which winds through southwestern Virginia and is formally known as Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. The Carter family, too, for generations.

And on Friday nights on Locust Street in Floyd, Va., it still feels like the good old days. Patrons pony up a few bucks to listen to gospel, country and bluegrass music inside the 100-year-old building that’s home to the country store. Music lovers of all ages gather under the streetlights outside to bellow along to “Rocky Top” and other standards from the bluegrass and country canon.

Dylan Locke and his wife, Heather Krantz, run the country store, which takes pride in noting that it’s a place where it’s still possible to buy “a good pair of bib overalls, a jar of local apple butter or a good old-fashioned dish cloth.” In this tiny town, population 425, Locke describes the weekly jamboree as a “vintage centuries-old celebration of life.”

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