Nov 21 2013
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New River Community College will feature Whitetop Mountain and Ashlee Blankenship and Blades of Blue for its December Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree on Saturday, December 14. The music will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Edwards Hall, room 117, at NRCC in Dublin.
Ashlee Blankenship and Blades of Blue is a traditional bluegrass group that released its debut album in 2011. Prior to her work with Blades of Blue, Blankenship recorded and performed with the bluegrass gospel group "Statement." International Bluegrass Music Association 2013 mandolin player of the year Adam Steffey says of Blankenship, "She has a powerful voice that can wrap around any song whether old or new and deliver it with authority and confidence."
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; and Debbie Bramer, bass.
Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include CVS Pharmacy, Dublin; Estes, Pulaski; 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 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 .