We are terribly saddened to learn of the passing of Joe Wilson, one of the visionaries behind the creation of the Blue Ridge Music Center. From his brainstorming sessions with Gary Everhardt to create the Music Center to his influential work with the National Council for the Traditional Arts, Joe’s passion for the music of Blue Ridge Mountains was immeasurable. Joe was also instrumental in the development of The Blue Ridge Music Trails and The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trails. He was also the author of A Guide to the Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. He dedicated that book to: "The musicians of southwestern Virginia, present, and past, in honor of their joyful keeping of a portion of America's musical tradition and their unfailing hospitality and generosity. Among the lessons they teach is that an art form that is freely given and always shared can be kept forever." We thank Joe for the incredible and vibrant legacy of traditional and roots music he has left us. Rest in peace, friend.
|Joe Wilson (on Right) with former Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Gary Everhardt at the Blue Ridge Music Center||
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