The new online store is finally fully functional. We still have more merchandise to add but you can get a great idea of what is there. The most important section of the store are the cds made right here in the studio. This is the ultimate buy local option as the players record, then mix, master and often manufacture right here at the Cross Keys studio. We hope to have all of our artists up on the page eventually. We’ll be featuring information about each one of them here in the near future so stop back to check out the whole catalog!
One of our first additions is an offering from my band, The Highlander String Band. We are a group of Rockingham County musicians playing traditional Appalachian Mountain music. We play all types of old time music from spritely, fiddle tunes for dancing to slow, powerful tunes reflecting the joy and sorrow of frontier mountain life.
The band features Jim Gaskins on fiddle, his wife, Phyllis on Galax-style Appalachian dulcimer and vocals, Brent Holl on guitar and vocals and me on clawhammer banjo, octave mandolin and harmony vocals.
Here is one of the medley tune sets – Johnny Redmonds Reel, John Ryan’s Polka and Cheat River.