Ember Swift, Canadian musician and touring performer, will be keeping us up-to-date on what it's like to tour a band throughout North America. Having just arrived back from Beijing where she spent three months (check out her "Canadian in Beijing" series), she offers a musician's perspective on road life.
was good to us. It was our first time in this region and we were greeted with open smiles and eager listeners. As I round out the last week of this feature series "Band on the Run," I'm really glad I'm going to get a chance to tell you about this place.
The town of Floyd is really small. I mean, really
small. The county of Floyd is bigger, of course, but I was asking about the town's population specifically and I found out that not even five hundred people live in the town itself. They joked that The Sun Music Hall
– where we were playing – was on the "edge" of town while the Mercantile was the center of town. I smiled but didn't really get the joke until I went outside to get something from the van and saw that the mercantile was just a few buildings over.
I laughed late, but at least I laughed!
Hugging the famous "Blue Ridge
" (Low-lying Appalachian mountains that appear to be blue from a distance and represent one of the most travelled tourist roads in the United States: the Blue Ridge Parkway
), this is the namesake for the well-known Floydfest
. Floydfest is not actually in Floyd, exactly, but it's nearby and the festival name stuck. Floyd, VA is also a stop on the Crooked Road Musical Heritage