The Friday Night Jamboree – A Great Tradition

>> Thursday, August 7, 2008

Every Friday night, and I mean every Friday night, no matter the weather, the road conditions or the state of the world, the Floyd Country Store’s Jamboree happens. It is the place to be in Floyd, VA on a Friday night, and there is no other place like it.

The Country Store itself first opened in 1910 as a general store and hardware store. In the early 1980's the Friday Night Jamboree began in the form of a local bluegrass holding practice sessions and locals just stopping by for a bit of music. Since then, this wonderful tradition as grown to be one of the major venues of bluegrass music in VA.

A recent visit to the Jamboree reminded me of what a wonderful tradition this weekly event is. Up and down the streets of Floyd, bands gathered to have jam sessions just for the pure pleasure of making music. Inside the Country Store, local folks and visitors to the area gathered to hear some of the best bluegrass bands around. Up front, the dance floor was filled with folks flatfootin, two steppin’ and just bobbing in time to the music.

One of our recent guests at the Inn came back and was telling me how amazed she was at this small piece of Americana that is left. She had seen a family (that would be parents and their teenagers) come in, get some ice cream and play checkers and cards in their booth while listening to the music. Now really, how often does that happen in modern America?

Just to give you a taste, view the video on the Inn's site.

Happy traveling,

Dora Jane


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