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Apr 01 2013
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The music of Whitetop Mountain and Truegrass will be featured during New River Community College's Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club's season-ending jamboree on Saturday, April 13. The music will begin at 6 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 1940's 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 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; and Debbie Bramer, bass.
Truegrass is a bluegrass band that formed in early 2004. They perform traditional bluegrass music that ranges from hard-driving and energetic to slow ballads and gospel tunes. The band has performed throughout southwest Virginia as well as East Tennessee, North Carolina and Maryland. They have released bluegrass and bluegrass gospel CD's and have opened for the band Cherryholmes, among others. The band's current members are Emory Parks, guitar/lead vocals; Jack Wells, mandolin/vocals; Wayne Thomas, banjo/vocal harmony; Paul Catron, fiddle/vocals; and Freel Taylor, bass fiddle/vocal harmony.
Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include CVS Pharmacy, Dublin; Gregory Seeding and Landscaping Company, Pulaski; 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 .