Feb 28 2014
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The music of The Comptons and Company and The Whitetop Mountain Band will be featured during New River Community College's Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree on Saturday, March 8. The music will begin at 6 p.m. in Edwards Hall, room 117, at NRCC in Dublin.
The Comptons are from Willis and family members Roger (lead vocals, bass), Darryl (tenor, guitar) and Clinton Compton (baritone, guitar) have performed together for over 30 years at various venues including the Galax Fiddler's Convention. They have also performed with many other musicians including Junior Sisk and Sammy Shelor. At their NRCC performance, the Comptons will be joined by Sam Bolt on banjo and Allen Surface on mandolin.
The Whitetop Mountain Band is a family band from Whitetop, Va., that originated in the 1940s and specializes in old-time fiddling and banjo picking. Their performances are also noted for their versatility, often containing blues, classic country, honky tonk pieces and 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 band's 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; Ersel Fletcher, guitar and vocals and Debbie Bramer, bass.
Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include CVS Pharmacy, Dublin; Estes Auto and Truck Parts Inc., Pilot; King's Tire Service, Pulaski; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.; Pulaski County Patriot, Pulaski; Shoney's Restaurant, Dublin; Southern Furniture Warehouse, Radford; Trader's Emporium & Estate Jewelry Services, Dublin; Dublin VFW Post 1184, Pulaski; Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 1184; Wade's Supermarket, Dublin; and NASH 107.1 FM.
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 .