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Virginia governor follows Crooked Road to Carter Fold, shows off musical skills

February 3rd, 2007 10:36 pm by CLIFFORD JEFFERY

Virginia governor follows Crooked Road to Carter Fold, shows off musical skills



Va. Gov. Tim Kaine pumps his fist after completing a set with country and bluegrass musicians at the Carter Fold Saturday night. Ned Jilton II photo.


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HILTONS - In khaki pants and a jean jacket, the governor of Virginia looked like part of the show at the Carter Fold Saturday evening.


Gov. Tim Kaine attended the Saturday night show to help the commonwealth's tourism corporation launch the first-ever Web site that allows users to build a personalized bluegrass lyric.


"The new site promotes the sights and sounds of The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail," said Tourism Corp. representative Tamra Talmadge-Anderson.


Kaine and members of the Virginia Tourism Corp. used a computer and a projection screen to show how anyone can visit the Crooked Road Web site and, with a few clicks, design a bluegrass song. Kaine's song was to his wife, Anne Holton, and the lyrics mentioned Holton's profession, their dog and their sport utility vehicle.


"In just a few clicks, visitors to crookedroadvirginia.com can choose from more than 500 names, occupations, hobbies and relationships to build a personalized bluegrass lyric," Talmadge-Anderson said. "Users can then send their new bluegrass hit along to anyone's e-mail or phone number."


The lyrics are sung by No Speed Limit, a Virginia band. It is sung to the tune of Sweet Virginia and includes a personal invitation to visit The Crooked Road.


Following the song by No Speed Limit, Gov. Kaine played, harmonica on the song "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" with a group of local musicians.


The evening marked the launch of the new Crooked Road Web site, and was designed to run during the Jamestown 2007 celebration.


There are going to be more people visiting Virginia during the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, and The Crooked Road will be a big draw in Southwest Virginia, Kaine said.


Visitors to the Crooked Road site can also register to win a handmade guitar or mandolin.


The instruments were made by Gerald Anderson and Spencer Strickland, master luthiers who accompanied Kaine on "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." They could also win the grand prize, a trip for two to The Crooked Road, including airfare, rental car, VIP seating to see Ralph Stanley and other bluegrass legends at the Hills of Home Bluegrass Festival, three nights lodging at the Ralph Stanley Museum suite and a handmade guitar, said Virginia Tourism Corp. President and CEO Alisa Bailey.


The contest runs through April.


The Crooked Road Web site is www.crookedroadvirginia.com


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