The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, August 2, 2010
By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Staff Writer
Jack Hinshelwood has been named executive director of The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.
The new director is from Shawsville and was raised in Christiansburg. Hinshelwood is an award-winning guitarist and fiddler and has performed at many venues, including the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival in Ferrum. He also has performed in Canada and with the New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb.
Hinshelwood has also toured Alaska with the Appalachian and Celtic music group "Celtibillies."
Since 1988, Hinshelwood has worked as a consulting engineer, helping Southwest Virginia communities meet their infrastructure needs.
"Over the years, I have gained such a respect and admiration for the remarkable people of Southwest Virginia, especially the musicians," he said. "And now to be a part of The Crooked Road and to celebrate that musical heritage is a thrill and a honor."
"This is an exciting time in the development of The Crooked Road and the entire region with the creation of 'Heartwood' and the work of other organizations like 'Round the Mountain and the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission," Hinshelwood added.
The new director will begin Monday, Aug. 2 and his office will be at TCR offices in Abingdon.
Jim Baldwin, president of TCR board of directors, said he was pleased with the hiring of Hinshelwood.
"Jack brings a unique combination of professional and organizational skills and musicianship to this effort to promote opportunity in the region through its unique musical heritage," Baldwin said.
The Crooked Road was founded in 2004 to promote tourism and economic development in Southwest Virginia by celebrating and preserving the Appalachian region's musical and cultural heritage.
The organization has recently expanded to include additional counties and towns.