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A ‘Summertime Blues’ tour of Washington

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.  

Using music and images to make a political statement

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 […]

Mixing bluegrass music and politics

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. […]

Frustrated voter: ‘I’ll bust your nose’

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 […]

Saving America: Here’s a solution, with strings attached

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.  […]

HOGs, motorcycles and chili

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 […]