The music of the Country Boys and Slate Mountain Ramblers will be featured at New River Community College’s Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree on Saturday, April 9. The music will start at 6 p.m. at 117 Edwards Hall at the NRCC in Dublin.
The Country Boys have been playing traditional bluegrass and gospel bluegrass music throughout North Carolina and Virginia for over 40 years. The group formed in the late 1960s, with several line-up changes over the years. The current group consists of Donald Clifton, Johnny Joyce, Derrick Easter, Billy Hawks, Marsha Todd and Doug Joyce. The group cites the Country Gentleman and the Osborne Brothers as some of their musical influences.
The Slate Mountain Ramblers are an old family group from Mt. Airy, North Carolina. The members are Richard Bowman, Barbara Bowman, Marsha Bowman Todd and Randy Hiatt. The Slate Mountain Ramblers perform for dances, shows, family and community gatherings, and benefits. The band has a winning tradition, performing at various fiddling conventions, and the band has traveled to Gainsborough, England to perform.
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Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include Anderson Audiology, Dublin; August Jewelers & Boutique Inc., Radford; Castle Rock Insurance Agency, Pearisburg; Estes Auto & Truck Parts Inc., driver; First Community Bank, Pulaski; Food City; Gregory Seeding and Landscaping Company, Pulaski; Martin Pharmacy, Pulaski; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Dublin; Pulaski Patriot, Pulaski; SERVPRO, Montgomery and Pulaski counties; and Southern Furniture Warehouse, Radford.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for the show. Free entry; however, donations will be accepted to help offset musicians’ travel expenses. Jamborees are usually held on the second Saturday of each month until April at the NRCC, a venue affiliated with Crooked Road.
For more information about the NRCC Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club, please contact Tim Jones at 674-3625 or visit www.nr.edu/fiddle.
– Submitted by Kelly Kaiser