The Crooked Road is a 330-mile driving route across Southwest Virginia where authentic American music traditions first took root in mountain communities like Big Stone Gap, Floyd and Galax. Thanks to Lou Reid and Carolina, that road now has an anthem every bit as memorable as the landscape through which it travels.\r\nThe band\u2019s newest album, \u201cRollin\u2019 On,\u201d has just been released and features the brand new single, \u201cThe Crooked Road,\u201d penned by songwriters Ellen Britton and Will Hopkins and certain to become a classic. Ellen Britton\u2019s co-writer Will Hopkins passed away in 2015.\r\n\u201cThe song was Will\u2019s idea and he grew up along The Crooked Road in Rocky Mount,\u201d said Britton. \u201cI loved the song from the start and thought the name itself was evocative. It speaks to the contrast between our modern and somewhat hectic way of life and a slower way of living. With that basic idea as the starting point, writing the song came easy. That was a song that wanted to be written.\u201d\r\n\u201cIf we had commissioned someone to write a song to capture the essence of The Crooked Road and our annual Mountains of Music Homecoming event, they couldn\u2019t have done better than the song on this record,\u201d said Jack Hinshelwood, executive director of The Crooked Road. \u201cTo have one of the most admired groups in bluegrass pay homage to Virginia\u2019s music heritage in a song of this caliber is truly special.\u201d\r\n\u201cWhen you start an album, you never really know which songs are going to stand out until you\u2019re done,\u201d said Reid. \u201cAnd \u201cRollin\u2019 On\u201d was no different. When you listen to the record, \u2018The Crooked Road\u2019 has a sparkle to it that\u2019s unmistakable. It makes me smile every time I listen to it.\u201d\r\nThe record release by Lou Reid and Carolina coincided with the second annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, a nine-day music and cultural showcase event that took place June 10-18 across Southwest Virginia\u2019s Crooked Road Region.\r\nThe release of the new single is accompanied by a new music video, a cooperative effort between The Crooked Road organization and the band.\r\n\u201cThe first song I ever learned on guitar was the \u201cWildwood Flower,\u201d said Reid. I watched Mother Maybelle Carter sing that song and play it on guitar and autoharp on a black and white TV along with Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys in the early \u201860s. I didn\u2019t realize until later how much the music from The Crooked Road region would influence my own music and life. The Crooked Road WILL take you home again!\u201d\r\n\u201cRollin\u2019 On\u201d is now available for purchase at LouReidandCarolina.com, iTunes, Amazon, and other retail outlets. Radio stations can access the new album at AirPlayDirect.com. The music video is viewable at www.LouReidandCarolina.com.\r\nAfter stints with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs, and the Seldom Scene, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Reid formed his own band, Carolina in 1992. In 1994 the band received the IBMA\u2019s Emerging Artist of the Year Award. In 1996, Reid re-joined the Seldom Scene and also continues to record with Carolina.\r\n\u201cRollin On,\u201d features Lou\u2019s award-winning vocals and mandolin playing highlighted by band members Christy Reid (bass and vocals), Trevor Watson (Banjo, Guitar and Vocals), and Marcus Smith (guitar and vocals). Special guests on the album include Ron Stewart (fiddle), and Skip Cherryholmes (guitar and vocals).