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A ‘Summertime Blues’ tour of Washington

Take a one-minute musical tour of the National Mall in Washington, DC, courtesy of Capitol Hill Blue, Doug Thompson Media and Brian Setzer, who offers his twist on the late Eddie Cochran‘s “Summertime Blues.” Summertime Blues.  Kinda describes the situation facing many voters in this lackluster election year.  
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Using music and images to make a political statement

Political protest and statement can come in many forms and activists have long used music to spread a message, be it “Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon, “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, “Draft Dodger Rag” by Phil Ochs or “We Shall Overcome,” the anthem of civil rights. Here at Capitol Hill Blue, we constantly look for new ways to spread news and information. Publisher Doug Thompson and his wife added documentary film making to their arsenal of communication tools several years ago and have produced a number of award-winning short films on topics ranging from bluegrass
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Mixing bluegrass music and politics

When politicians come to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia they had better know how to shake a leg on the dance floor as well as pick and grin. A mandatory stop for all candidates seeking office is the Friday Night Jamboree, a weekly bluegrass music gathering in the small, one-stoplight town of Floyd. Mark Warner visited the Jamboree frequently and also held town meetings at the Floyd Country Store while serving as governor of Virginia.  His first statewide tour when he ran for the U.S. Senate included a stop at the Friday night Jamboree and he brought former
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Frustrated voter: ‘I’ll bust your nose’

Meet Elmer Underwood. He’s a farmer in Indian Valley, a rural mountain community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. Speaking at a public hearing on proposed wind turbines in Floyd County, Virginia, Underwood let the board of supervisors know just how he felt about the government coming onto his land to impose its will. It’s not the first time Underwood has told off county officials.  At a hearing on a proposed tax increase two years ago Underwood told supervisors that “I have truck outside with five rails, tar and feathers and I think I know how to put
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Saving America: Here’s a solution, with strings attached

Wanna save America? Forget about abolishing the Fed. Forget about dismantling the Department of Education and all those other pesky government agencies that want to control our hearts and minds. That’s not the solution. Capitol Hill Blue found the solution on a recent Saturday night in the tiny Blue Ridge Mountain hamlet of Floyd, Virginia.  The truth was out there, just waiting to be issued from the stage of a country store that hosts a weekly music event called The Friday Night Jamboree and a once-a-month Internet radio show that is sort of the Prairie Home Companion meets Hee Haw.
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HOGs, motorcycles and chili

At the Virginia State Chili Championship Cook Off — hosted each year in Roanoke — the roar of motorcycles announces a new batch of “White Knuckle Chili” is available for sampling from the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.). The motorcycle riding group is perennial “people’s choice” winner in the event and sometimes takes home the overall trophy as well. Disclosure notice:  Capitol Hill Blue publisher Doug Thompson is a Harley rider and a member of the group.
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