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Dry Hill Draggers Return to Carter Fold Saturday

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Dry Hill DraggesSaturday, October 8th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Dry Hill Draggers.

In the late 1970s, some neighbors and friends started gathering to play old time music which had been passed down from generations before. Most of these gatherings were in the Dryhill and Ferrum areas of Franklin County, Virginia. One day while playing music and having some fun some of the musicians were falling behind, and Edgar Crowe said since they were dragging behind on their timing, he was going to call the group the "Dry Hill Draggers." So in 1981, the band Dry Hill Draggers established by Jimmy Body and brother, Billy Boyd, along with other band members - Carl Scott, Murphy Shively and Bob Trammel - began playing together professionally at festivals and events. The name Dry Hill Draggers has stuck now for the past thirty years.

The Draggers cut their first album in 1982. It was called Knockin' Around With the Ole Time Sound. In 1983 the album There Will Come a Time came out followed up with Budded Roses a couple of years later. The next album, Pallet on Your Floor, was followed by Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind. Several years passed without any studio work, but in 2009, a CD was released called Take a Drink on Me. In 2011, which marked the 30th year anniversary for the band, a CD was recorded and released with some of the band's favorite songs from all past eight recordings entitled 30th Year Anniversary. The group is in the works on recording their 10th project.

Throughout the years, band members have come and gone and some have passed away, but the tradition and heritage is still going strong today to keep the ole time sound of the mountains alive. Also, throughout the years, the band has traveled around the east coast from New York to Alabama playing. In 1982, they had the privilege of playing at the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Draggers have played at several fiddlers' conventions over the years capturing numerous awards and first place finishes. That includes a second place finish in the Ole Time Band category at the 2011 Galax Fiddlers' Convention.

The group's members today are still carrying on the ole time sound with three second generation members – Stacy Boyd on doghouse bass, Jamie Boyd on claw-hammer banjo, and Jason Hambrick on guitar. The band is also very fortunate to have two outstanding ole time fiddle players – Billy Woods and Chris Prillaman. Both also play guitar. Founder Jimmy Boyd still comes out every once in a while and knocks out a tune with the band just as he has for the past three decades.

If old time is what you like, the Dry Hill Draggers will deliver. Flat-footers and two-steppers are welcome to come out and shake a leg with the Draggers. The group is known for their knock-down, hard-driving beat, and there will be lots of fiddle tunes and rare old time tunes that aren't often heard commercially today. Bring along your dancing shoes, and get ready for some old time, mountain family fun! Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. For more information on the Draggers, go to their web site – www.dryhilldraggers.com.

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 http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com. 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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