Mar 04 2019
NRCC March Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree
The music of Bluegrass Kinsmen and The Crooked Road Ramblers will be featured during New River Community College’s Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree on Saturday, March 9. Music will begin at 6 p.m. in 117 Edwards Hall at NRCC in Dublin.
Ebby, The Bluegrass Kinsmen band leader, sings harmony and plays banjo and is very accomplished on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle as well. Band members also include his wife, Teresa, who sings lead and harmony. Ervin Compton plays guitar and sings lead and harmony, Ricky Kennedy plays bass and sings harmony, and Dean Jackson plays lead guitar and sings lead and harmony. Having such versatile singing allows the band to perform a variety of bluegrass songs, mostly traditional, but also some folk and gospel music.
The Crooked Road Ramblers are an old-time band from Southwest Virginia, steeped in the traditional music of the Blue Ridge. They have played at the Carter Family Fold, the Wayne Henderson Festival, Houstonfest, and many other venues across Virginia and North Carolina. They have won first place in the old time band category at the Ashe County, Alleghany County, Laurel Bloomery, Fries, and Union Grove fiddler’s conventions in addition to a second place finish at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention. They were also named the Old Time Instrumental Group of the Year at the 2014 Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising. The band was founded by fiddler Kilby Spencer, originally from Whitetop. The band includes John Perry on guitar, Karen Carr on bass and vocals, Wayne Dye on mandolin and vocals, and Kelley Breiding on banjo, guitar and vocal.
Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include Anderson Audiology, Dublin; August Jewelers & Boutique, Inc., Radford; Duncan Ford – Lincoln – Mazda, Blacksburg; Estes Auto & Truck Parts Inc., Pilot; First Community Bank, Pulaski; Gregory Seeding and Landscaping Company, Pulaski; King’s Tire Service, Pulaski; Martin’s Pharmacy, Pulaski; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Dublin; Pulaski Patriot, Pulaski; Shoney’s Restaurant, Dublin; and Southern Furniture Warehouse, Radford.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for the show. Admission is free; however, donations will be accepted to help offset the 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 Tim Jones at (540) 674-3625, and online at www.nr.edu/fiddle.