May 9, 2017

WCC Music Jamboree Set for May 20

 Wytheville Community College is sponsoring its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, this time featuring The Crooked Road Ramblers and The Wolfe Brothers, on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 7-9 p.m.

The Jamboree will be held in the William F. Snyder Auditorium on the WCC campus, located at 1000 East Main Street in Wytheville.

Although the Wolfe Brothers first formed during the mid-1970s, the group re-established their unique old-time sound in the early 1990s. Featuring three vocalists, the band's repertoire ranges from rarely heard traditional songs and tunes to their own original material. Founding members Jerry Correll on fiddle and Dale Morris on banjo and guitar are joined by Casey Hash on guitar and accordion and Donna Correll on bass. They all reside in the Grayson County community of Elk Creek.  The band has recorded four projects, and its latest Copper Creek release, “Old Roads - New Journeys,” has received several notable reviews and radio airplay.

The Crooked Road Ramblers are an old-time band from Southwest Virginia, steeped in the traditional music of the Blue Ridge. They have played at the Carter Family Fold, the Wayne Henderson Festival, Houstenfest, and many other venues across Virginia and North Carolina. They have won first place in the old time band category at the Ashe County, Alleghany County, Laurel Bloomery, Fries, and Union Grove fiddler’s conventions in addition to a second place finish at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention. They were also named the Old Time Instrumental Group of the Year at the 2014 Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising. The band was founded by fiddler Kilby Spencer, originally from Whitetop. John Perry on guitar, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, Karen Carr on bass and vocals, and Wayne Dye on mandolin and vocals round out the band.

Doors to the Snyder Auditorium will be open beginning at 6 p.m., with music beginning at 7 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to help defray the travel expenses of the bands.