The sounds of Banjos, Guitars and Fiddles spill out onto the beautiful streets of Downtown Galax, Virginia. Listen closely and follow the music to Barr’s Fiddle Shop, a Galax icon for over 39 years. The walls are lined with fiddles, guitars, banjos and mandolins. A well-stocked supply of strings, books, CDs and t-shirts as well as electric and bass guitars, drums and amps make Barrs a complete music resource.
Tom Barr first started building handmade instruments from his house in Grayson County, Virginia. In 1983 the fiddle shop moved to West Galax. Directly beside the fiddle shop was the local favorite barber shop which was full of musicians. In fact, the two barbers were two of the finest musicians in the whole area. Stevie found his inspiration for playing the banjo from these two guys. Stevie got his business inspiration when he helped his father run the store, using a cigar box as a cash register when they first started out.