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Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers at Carter Fold July 23

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Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road RamblersSaturday, July 23rd, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers with special guest Leon Frost. The Crooked Road Ramblers play traditional old time dance music from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Members of the band are Kilby Spencer on fiddle, John Perry on guitar, Peco Watson on clawhammer banjo, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, Wayne Dye on mandolin and Karen Carr on bass and vocals. Most members of the band are second and third-generation musicians who now play old time mountain music influenced by their families and communities.

Kilby grew up in a musical family. His parents are Thornton and Emily Spencer of the Whitetop Mountain Band – a band that has performed for over four decades. John Perry is well-known throughout our area for his guitar playing. Lots of people remember John for playing in the award-winning band the New River Ramblers. Donald Hill has been playing music his entire life. His father, Leon Hill, was a musician and singer as well. Don is the senior member of the band, and he was actually playing guitar with the Whitetop Mountain Band in 1982. In fact, he was playing at the 1982 World’s Fair while Kilby was being born. Karen Carr is a dream-come-true for any old time or bluegrass band. She loves to play music and sing. Karen and Don also handle comedy for the group. Deeply rooted in the musical heritage of the region with relatives who played including Fred Cockerham and Wilson Ramey, Karen’s won the award for best old-time bass at Galax twice. Wayne Dye is a former member of the Russell County Boys – a band formed by the former sheriff of Russell County – Trigg Fields. Peco Watson is well-known throughout the region. He played with the award-winning New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters for many years. Kyle Creed taught him a great deal on the banjo.

Leon Frost, formerly with the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, will be special guest for this concert. Leon is an irrepressible mandolin player who bounces around the stage putting his mandolin chop lick and occasional burst of melody exactly where they belong in old time tunes. Leon comes from a musical family as well, and members of his family were among the earliest pioneers to record Galax area music. Hattie Stoneman, wife of Pop Stoneman, was a Frost. Having worked in rock music in both Florida and California in the early part of his music career, Leon made his way back to Galax and the music he grew up with. A volunteer at the Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention every year, Leon works tirelessly to promote the music and heritage of the mountains. He is a master carpenter who has built many fine log homes. Leon and his wife Lisa live in a log village he built.

Don’t miss Kilby Spencer and the Crooked Road Ramblers with Leon Frost at the Carter Family Fold. It will be an evening of down-home entertainment. Bring along your friends and your dancing shoes! Kilby literally grew up playing on the stage of the Carter Fold, and he knows exactly what Fold audiences expect. He delivers just that in the style his family always has. The Spencers are one of the few bands remaining today that have performed at the Fold continually over the past 42 years. For more information on the Crooked Road Ramblers, go to Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo.

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