NRCC bluegrass jamboree to feature Crooked Road Ramblers and Upland Express in January
New River Community College will feature the music of the Crooked Road Ramblers and Upland Express during its Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree on Saturday, Jan. 12. The music will begin at 6 p.m. in Edwards Hall, room 117, at NRCC in Dublin.
The Crooked Road Ramblers are from Virginia and North Carolina and play traditional old-time dance music. The members of the band are Kilby Spencer on fiddle, John Perry on guitar, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, and Karen Carr on bass and vocals.
Upland Express began in 1974 as a bluegrass band but has branched out to play a variety of styles including country and rock. Current band members include Barry Collins on banjo, bass and background vocals; Garry Collins on guitar, bass, lead and background vocals; Barry “BJ” James on lead and rhythm guitar and bass, and lead and background vocals; and Dara James on harmonica, guitar, keyboard and lead and background 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.
For more information, visit www.nr.edu/fiddle.
– Submitted by Amanda Allen, New River Community College
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