Jan 24 2014
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New River Community College will host Joey Cox and Company and the Dry Hill Draggers for the college's Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree on Saturday, February 8. The show will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Edwards Hall at NRCC in Dublin.
Musician Joey Cox grew up in Pulaski County listening to bluegrass music with his family and has played it for as long as he can remember. He started playing at age 10 with his grandfather's band, the "Black Mountain Ramblers." Inspired by banjo legends like Scott Vestal, Sammy Shelor and Jodi King, Cox began attending festivals throughout Virginia and the Carolinas. After placing at many local competitions, he joined the Hillsville-based group "Fast Forward." He has also played in the bands Blue Ridge and Lou Reid & Carolina and with the legendary Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver.
The Dry Hill Draggers were originally established in 1981 by Jimmy Boyd and his brother Billy along with Carl Scott, Murphy Shively and Bob Trammel. The group cut their first album in 1982 and is currently working on their tenth project. The band has traveled up and down the east coast, performing from New York to Alabama. In 2011, they placed second in the Old-Time Band category at the Galax Fiddler's Convention. Current band members include: Stacy Boyd on bass, Jamie Boyd on clawhammer banjo, Jason Hambrick on guitar and Billy Woods and Chris Prillaman on fiddle.
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 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 .