ABINGDON, VA -- The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail has named musician and former consulting engineer Jack Hinshelwood as its new Executive Director.
Hinshelwood, from Shawsville, Va., grew up in Christiansburg, and is no stranger to The Crooked Road and its communities. As an award-winning guitarist and fiddler, he has performed at many of The Crooked Road venues and festivals, such as the Carter Fold and the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival. Hinshelwood has performed in the U.S. and Canada with New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb, and toured Alaska with the Appalachian and Celtic music group Celtibillies. Since 1988 he has worked as a consulting engineer helping Southwest Virginia communities meet their infrastructure needs.
"Over the years I've gained such a respect and admiration for the remarkable people of Southwest Virginia, and especially the musicians. And now to be a part of The Crooked Road and to celebrate that musical heritage is a thrill and an honor", Hinshelwood said. "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 formally began his work as executive director on August 2, 2010, at The Crooked Road offices in Abingdon.