Galax is an old Mountain town that was built at the end of the rail line, made strong by the furniture industry, and today is a tourist explosion in the making. Named for the beautiful plants found locally and used worldwide by florists.
It is home to the World famous Old Fiddlers Convention. Galax is the Capitol of Oldtime Mountain Music. Everywhere you turn there is music.
WBRF radio broadcasts 100,000 watts from its studio in Galax, with current and classic country, and bluegrass and oldtime music in the evenings. The world famous Blue Ridge Backroads Live is broadcast from the Rex Theater in Downtown Galax every Friday night. The show is free with local, regional, national, and even international artists perform. The Rex is also a hub of music and events for the annual Galax Leaf and String Festival.
Barr's fiddle shop is also located in downtown where you can stop in and talk with Tommy who is known for his skill in making fiddles and other instruments, and you never know who may be in there jamming.
The Blue Ridge parkway is on the edge of Galax and just about 3 mile down the parkway is the Blue Ridge Music Center. This will be an unbelievable experience to you and your family, giving glimpses into the heart of the music that stills rings loud throughout the appalchains today. Only phase 1 is complete at the Music Center yet. The outdoor stage is open and every Saturday night in the summer, there is music in the Mountains. New phases are underway including a working luthier's shop where you will be able to see instruments being made on site, and an interprative center, and the hiking trails are under way right now and being built by local volunteers in a group formed within the Friends of the Blue Ridge. On the trail will be beautiful wildlife, and georgous views with perfect places for musians to stop and play in this pristine setting.
Speaking of Hiking, don't miss the New River Trail which is finishing up the trail extension leading from the edge of town right to the thriving downtown area. Over 50 miles of the old rail bed have been converted to the state park and the perfect place for walking, biking, horse back riding etc.
Every August for a whole week the Galax Moose Lodge brings the amplifiers out to the music when the old fiddlers convention takes over felts park, about 70,000 attend annually.
Just outside Galax, the Fairview Ruritan club has numerous music concerts by the countries best known bluegrass musians.
Galax is home to the true first family of country music - The Stonemans. Ernest (Pop) Stoneman recorded in New York in the Early 1920's and was instrumental in getting Ralph Peer to set up a 10 day Recording session in July/August of 1927. Out of the sessions we saw the birth of the country music industry. Stoneman and others of note were present at the Bristol sessions including the Original Carter Family, and the Father of Country music, Jimmie Rodgers.