Wytheville Community College is sponsoring its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, this time featuring The Dixie Bluegrass Boys and The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters on Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 7-9 p.m. The Jamboree will be held in the William F. Snyder Auditorium on the WCC campus in Wytheville located at 1000 East Main Street.
The Dixie Bluegrass Boys are a traditional style group that has been playing for 11 years in the Virginia and North Carolina area. The group performs old-time, country and bluegrass music for dances and concerts. The band members are Jackson Cunningham on guitar, mandolin and vocals, Jeff Michael on fiddle, Ramona Church on five-string banjo, guitar and vocals, and Jerry Steinberg on bass fiddle.
The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters took their name, in part, from the original Bogtrotters of the 1930s and also because bandleader Dennis Hall lives on Ballards Branch. Dennis' home is very close to the home of Uncle Eck Dunford who played fiddle in the original band. The other members of the original Bogtrotters were Uncle Wade Ward, his brother, Davy Crockett Ward, and nephew Fields Ward, and Doctor Davis. They won the very first fiddlers Convention in Galax, setting a precedence for all that follow in their footsteps.
The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters play in the traditional Appalachian string-band style, often playing for square dances around the region. The Bogtrotters include Eddie Bond on fiddle, Dennis Hall on guitar, Josh Ellis on clawhammer banjo, Bonnie Bond on bass, and Caroline Noel Beverley on mandolin.
Doors to the Snyder Auditorium will be open beginning at 6 p.m., with music beginning at 7 p.m. Seating is available 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.