Alchemy, the mythical chemistry by which base elements were transmuted into gold, is a common practice in Virginia. In fact, on any given night at The Birchmere, it happens live on stage, in one of the nation’s most historic venues. Often referred to as the last of the listening rooms, the roster of artists who have graced the stage here represent the roots of American music. If the Smithsonian Museum were to open a new building dedicated to the history of American musical forms, they would call it The Birchmere.
J.M. McSpadden III is a writer and a roots music enthusiast who believes that every life needs to find its own soundtrack, and every road trip is an opportunity to full tilt boogie. Let's face it, people, a car ain't nothin' but a stereo on wheels. A portable listening room.