Whitetop Mountain and Crossroads Station to perform at December NRCC bluegrass jamboree
|New River Community College (NRCC) will feature Whitetop Mountain and Crossroads Station for its December Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree on Saturday, December 8. The music will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Edwards Hall, room 117, at NRCC in Dublin.
The Whitetop Mountain Band is a family band from Whitetop, Va., that originated in the 1940ís and specializes in old-time fiddling and banjo picking. However, their performances are also noted for their versatility, often containing blues, classic country, and honky tonk pieces, in addition to traditional bluegrass. The band has performed at square dances, festivals, and competitions throughout the United States and has performed internationally in the United Kingdom and Australia. The bandís current members are Thornton Spencer, fiddle; Emily Spencer, banjo, guitar and vocals; Martha Spencer, guitar, banjo, fiddle, and vocals; Jackson Cunningham, mandolin, guitar, and vocals; and Debbie Bramer, bass.
Crossroads Station is a gospel bluegrass band from the New River Valley. Members include John Viers on banjo, guitar and vocals; Barry Montgomery on guitar and lead vocals; Olen Smithers on mandolin and vocals; Larry Lindsey on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Guy Dalton on bass, guitar, and vocals and Ricky Phillips on dobro, guitar, and vocals.
Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include CVS Pharmacy, Dublin; King's Tire Service, Pulaski; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.; Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce; Pulaski County Patriot, Pulaski; Shoney's Restaurant, Dublin; Southern Furniture Warehouse, Radford; Trader's Emporium & Estate Jewelry Services, Dublin; Wade's Supermarket, Dublin; and WPSK Radio.
The doors open at 5 p.m. for the show. There is no charge for admission; however, donations will be accepted to help pay travel expenses for the musicians. The jamborees are held the second Saturday of each month through April at NRCC, a Crooked Road affiliated venue.
More information about the NRCC Fiddle, Banjo, and Dance Club is available from Roger Adkins at 674-3600, ext. 4307, and online at http://www.nr.edu/fiddle .