Whether they’re explaining how to build a guitar or play a Dobro, or singing the sweet harmonies of “Fox on the Run” so that they flow like the river in the song, Bill and Maggie Anderson are the heart and soul of American music, the music that was born in these mountains.
Following the music, they migrated to Fancy Gap from New York, and have settled in comfortably, able to give advice on local campgrounds and festivals.
You’ll find them playing from noon, or thereabouts, to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the music center throughout the season. They set up there because Bill is an authorized Martin guitar repairman, and also builds instruments himself, including the Dobro that his wife plays and the guitars that he plays. He brings guitar parts and is able to describe how the magic happens. Or take your guitar in for repair.
The sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar are likely to welcome you when you visit the Blue Ridge Music Center open late May-October.
When you visit, you can experience regional traditional music each day of the week with Mid-Day Mountain Musicians on the breezeway of the visitors center where The Roots of American Music Museum—an entertaining exhibition highlighting the historical significance of the region’s music—is also located.