Banjos and fiddles, boards and bones in hand, The Black Twig Pickers dove into a living tradition of old-time music that surrounds their homes in Southwest Virginia and never looked back. Both scholars of the regional sounds and advocates of an ecstatic and highly personal approach to the music, the Twigs hold down local dance and bar gigs, play all manner of celebrations and every so often, hit the road. Along the way, Isak Howell, Nathan Bowles and Mike Gangloff kept company with some of underground AmericaÃ¢ TMs heavyweights and haunted the doorsteps of Appalachian fiddle and banjo masters. TheyÃ¢ TMve played for the National Council for the Traditional Arts and for audiences overseas. And theyÃ¢ TMve put out a string of acclaimed albums, including 2008Ã¢ TMs Hobo Handshake and last yearÃ¢ TMs Jack Rose & the Black Twig Pickers.