Artists in Galax and surrounding communities are often referred to as a “family” of musicians, and they are always ready and willing to gather in support when one of their own is in need. When we began calling on musicians and others to help us organize this event to carry on the legacy of Houston, the response was, and continues to be overwhelming.
Saturday’s Lineup features begins at 10:am:Still House, Stacy Grubb Band, Wolfe Brothers, Snyder Family, VW Boys, Jeff Little Trio, Wayne Henderson&Virginia Luthiers Band, Houston’s Scholarship Winners Band, The Church Sisters, Sierra Hull, Ron Block, Lonesome River Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Gene Watson, Loose Strings, Jonny & The Jambusters, Houston Drive, Marshall Bros. & High Road, Smith Family Bluegrass, OldGrass, Blackberries, Albert Hash Memorial String Band, VFH Workshops with Jon Lohman, “Houston’s Heroes with Sammy Shelor, Ron Block, Sierra Hull & Stevie Barr, Generation Bluegrass Workshop with Corey Smith, The Church Sisters, Virginia Luthiers Workshop with Wayne Henderson, Jimmy Edmonds, Gerald Anderson, Spencer Strickland, Jackson Cunningham.
- Above the Line
Please visit Above the Line website for the latest information. As of this writing, the site was still under construction and did not have a band bio. They are tweeting regularly though if you would like to follow them on twitter!
- Amber Collins & NSL
Traditional and progressive,they are keeping the heritage alive. Making it vibrant with orginality, they perform both originals and classics with their own special fire.
A product of the region's enduring musical legacy, Amber Collins and No Speed Limit imbue all of this music with great energy, and enjoy their performances as much as the audience.
Amber Collins & NSL
- Adam Larkey
Adam Larkey is the son of Eric and Tammy Larkey of Unicoi, Tennessee.
At the ripe old age of 6, Adam decided he wanted to play the fiddle. He began taking lessons from Scott Gould at the School of Music in Kingsport, TN. His dad, being a bluegrass musician himself, then started letting Adam play a few songs on stage with his band and from there he took off. Adam was born in Abingdon, Virginia. He moved to Tennessee when he was 2 years old and had a pretty normal childhood until the day his dad brought home an old fiddle to be repaired. He showed an instant interest in the old instrument. Since then Adam has appeared on WCYB’s Family Focus, WJHL’s Cable Country, CMT, BCMA’s Pickin Porch, Song of the Mountain, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Floyd Fest and the Carter Family Fold, not to mention many other bluegrass featured radio broadcasts. Adam has been honored to be a guest performer in Nashville at the world famous Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree broadcast world wide on WSM650 radio. He has also preformed alongside accomplished artists such as Michael Cleveland, Third Tyme Out, Blue Highway, The Dan Taminski Band and Trey Hensley. Adam has appeared in Nashville with Kim Karnes, Penny Gilley and the popular 70’s and 80’s rock group, The Little River Band. Adam was honored to be chosen to attend the Michelle Obama White House music series workshop in the summer of 2009. Along with 120 other middle school and high school students across the nation he participated in a Country Music workshop with Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley. Now at 14 years old he plays old time and bluegrass fiddle music as someone decades his senior. He is influenced mostly by Bobby Hicks and of course Hunter Berry of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. He has been fortunate to receive lessons from Bobby Hicks, Dave Yates and Keith Williams. Adam completed his first album with Lonesome Records, produced by Adam Steffey and Chase Johner in 2010.
Adam is the 2008 Youth Old Time Fiddle Champion for the Galax Fiddlers Convention and has won multiple 1st place and Best Overall Performer awards for his singing and his fiddle and mandolin playing. He was honored with first place in the 2007 Tennessee State PTA Reflection Contest for his original fiddle instrumental composition of “Unicoi County”. He was featured in the 2009 July/August edition of Blue Ridge Country magazine. Adam had the privilege to be a part of the 2010 IBMA Kids on Bluegrass Showcase in Nashville, Tennessee.
Adam spends most of his time traveling and performing with his 9 year old sister, Sarah Grace Larkey in their own bluegrass band, The Adam Larkey Band.
Adam is an honor student and inspires to attend Virginia Tech to pursue a career in engineering.
For more information/bookings:
facebook.com – adamlarkeyband
youtube.com – adam larkey fiddle
- Blue Highway
At the 16-year mark, Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The band's nine exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994, with the same musicians that comprise Blue Highway today.
- Big Country Bluegrass
Big Country Bluegrass delivers their own hard-driving style of bluegrass that makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform from festivals and concerts across this country to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. With two decades of experience under their belts, the band offers the very best of traditional bluegrass music. Their sound is reminiscent of hearing Bill Monroe and Lester Flat & Earl Scruggs at their very best.
Big Country Bluegrass
- Brandon Davis
Let me tell you one of my favorite guitar stories. Once upon a time a guy named Gary Davis (no, not, that Gary Davis) tried to get his young son interested in the guitar. He told him that if he learned how to play “Blackberry Blossom,” he’d buy him a guitar for Christmas. But Gary had a secret weapon. He was friends with Wayne Henderson, one of the world’s finest guitar builders, a guy who kept Eric Clapton waiting 10 years for a guitar. And so, for Christmas 1988, 11 year old Brandon Davis found a brand spanking new Henderson D-18 under his tree, next to his Legos. That’s the end of one story and the beginning of another. Ten years later, Brandon uses that very same guitar, a little worse for wear, in the guitar competition at Wayne Henderson’s Festival. And he wins the first prize—another Henderson guitar.
- Cana Ramblers
The Cana Ramblers is a bluegrass band for sure. Bluegrass music, old and new. Bluegrass influenced. Bluegrass people born and bred. Being from Cana, Virginia - right smack in the middle of Blue Ridge Apalachia, it is evident in every note that the Cana Ramblers represent everything that Bluegrass has become over the decades. Harmonies, song variety, drive, energy, emotion, and blistering instrumental work. Each of the five members delivers. So what is it about the Cana Ramblers?
- Cherry Holmes
With their roots based in bluegrass, Celtic, and jazz music, Cherryholmes has stormed to the top of the music world since winning the 2005 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Award for Entertainer of the Year.
- Cross Road
CROSSROAD is a newly formed bluegrass and gospel group from around the Mt. Airy, NC area. The band consists of four members: David Sowards from the Rockford area, Josh Hazelwood from the Dobson area, Dennis Cain from Cana VA, and Greg Dollyhite from the Westfield area. Most all of the members have extensive backgrounds in bluegrass and gospel music, some back to their childhood. They have a more modern, hard driving sound and also are talented in the areas of songwriting and composing their own songs. The band started in February of 2010 and are very excited about presenting their musical style for everyone to enjoy! Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you all at our shows.
- Darrell Webb Band
Darrell Webb has been an icon for over 20 years in bluegrass music, performing with the likes of the Lonesome River Band, J.D. Crowe, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, lead vocalist and front man for Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. Darrell's stage presences and ability to entertain a crowd is unmistakable. One of his greatest attributes is being humble to the fans that support him and his talents are admired throughout the bluegrass community.
Darrell Webb Band
- Exit 109 Band
Exit 109 was formed under a canopy in 2004 at the famous Galax Fiddler's Convention! After playing together a limited number of times throughout the next year, Exit 109 came back to Galax in 2005 and won the Bluegrass Band competition which earned them not only a blue ribbon, but local and regional popularity! In the years since, Exit 109 has perfected their hard driving sound by concentrating on the rhythm section as a whole, not as individuals, and playing as a unit to produce one of the most complete sounds in the area!
Exit 109 Band
- Gold Heart
The five piece band, GOLD HEART, features sisters Analise (mandolin, 20), Jocelyn (guitar, 18) and Shelby (fiddle, 15). They have created a lot of appreciation and respect from the Bluegrass community. Their award winning instrumental ability and their astonishingly accomplished, harmony-laden music is rootsy, yet fresh and exciting! Gold Heart
- Houston Drive
Houston Drive, with Houston's Broken Wire band members and Banjoist Stevie Barr took first place this year in an Old Fiddlers competition. See more in this WDBJ7 newsreel. Photo above is a screen capture from that newsreel.
- Edmonds Guitars
Many still remember Jimmy Edmonds as the child prodigy who, beginning at age 10, placed first in the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention competition for an unprecedented eight years in a row. The former child star is nearing middle age now, with kids of his own-and a passion for nurturing the next generation of young musicians. Edmonds left Galax almost 14 years ago to perform at The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, S.C. where he appeared nightly in the stage show, one of the Grand Strand’s most popular tourist attractions and where he became the Music Director. Jimmy has since returned to his home in Galax, VA near the Blue Ridge Parkway and has opened a shop where he builds musical instruments.
Jimmy Edmonds Business website: Edmonds Guitars
- Jeanette & Johnny Williams
The Jeanette Williams Band is currently on tour performing a mixture of original, traditional, contemporary and gospel bluegrass, along with acoustic and classic country tunes offering a variety of music sure to please any audience. Jeanette is based in Danville VA, and has toured with her band across the United States, Canada and Europe. The group performs songs from Jeanette's critically acclaimed and current chart topping new album, "Thank You for Caring" now available on Blue Circle Records.
- John Berry
Mention his name to just about any country music lover and the response will likely be, "What an awesome vocalist!" For he is noted for the intense passion he has brought to such hits as "Your Love Amazes Me" and "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye." John Berry's wide-ranging tenor voice remains an instrument of stupendous power. JohnBerry.com
- Jonny & The Jambusters
No Info about the band is available; however, you might enjoy the many YouTube videos at this link: Jonny & The Jambusters
- Jubal's Kin
Appalachia-infused Cosmic Americana
The distinctively spare sound of Jubal’s Kin is grounded in a love for what can only be called the pure and real, at once embracing both a strong roots tradition and fresh indie sensibilities. At live shows or in the studio, a seemingly new subgenre is created, their songs displaying a chemistry of raw, bear-your-soul emotion – vulnerable and unassuming – with handcrafted spins that creak and stomp like a wooden dance floor...
On their self-titled debut, the Florida based duo, brother and sister Roger and Gailanne Amundsen, establish a new benchmark for the rising generation of roots musicians - Roger a three time Florida Old-Time Music Championship winner, and Gailanne the 2009 Florida & Tennessee Grand Champion Old Time Fiddler. An eclectic marriage of indie folk and old-time flair – what’s been dubbed as "Appalachia-infused Cosmic Americana."
The debut CD was recorded and co-produced by Erick Jaskowiak at Compass Studios in Nashville. Jaskowiak has worked with some of the most talented progressive groups in acoustic music and otherwise, including Crooked Still, Bearfoot, Alison Brown, and artists on the Cold Mountain soundtrack. Joined by upright bass virtuoso Byron House (Robert Plant, Sam Bush Band, Emmylou Harris) and guest banjoist Luke Richardson, the album was officially released on April 14, 2010. Since then, their extensive touring and on-stage presence has led them to festivals and stages of all shapes and sizes, attracting the attention of and also sharing stages with the likes of groups du jour Crooked Still, Hoots & Hellmouth and Over the Rhine.
- Marshall Brothers and Highroad
The Marshall Brothers and Highroad are a regional bluegrass, and gospel band from the foothills of northwest North Carolina and southwest of Virginia. Eric and Steve Marshall began playing and singing together as a brother duet in the late 1990s after singing together for the first time at a church revival. Over the next few years they developed their unique style of harmony while playing mostly in churches and revivals around the Mount Airy area. In 2002 the band officially became known as The Marshall Brothers and Highroad which included the current lineup of Steve Marshall, Eric Marshall, Tim Ramey, and Patrick Lindsey. Together, these men bring their God given talent to each stage they cross with the common goal of sharing their enjoyment for this music and the message it brings with each and every person willing to listen.
Marshall Brothers and Highroad
- Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
Most widely known as a writer, Kentucky native Larry Cordle has had songs recorded by Ricky Skaggs, Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson, George Strait, The Osborne Brothers, and many others. At last count, Cordle's songs had appeared on projects that had sold a combined total of more than 50 million records…LarryCordle.com
- Moore Brothers Band
Jacob (12) and Isaac (8) Moore join forces to bring down the house with a high energy Bluegrass, Blues and Gospel show. Visit Website
Monroeville is an exciting new acoustic band with a combined experience of almost 80 years of bluegrass and acoustic picking and singing. Individually they have been nominated for Grammy awards, won prestigious competitions, founded bands, and have been highly influential to acoustic, bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music. Collectively, in their few months since forming, they have appeared on the Today Show, gathered a solid fan base, and established themselves as a powerful new act in the business. The group consists of six young men from the East Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina areas. Daniel Salyer - Bass, Zane Petty - Banjo, Matthew Munsey - Mandolin, Seth Taylor - Guitar, Travis Houck - Dobro, and Matt Flake - Fiddle. Website
- Pathway Bluegrass
So, who is Pathway? Pathway consist of 3 brothers, a son and 2 good friends of the family.
Pathway is Mountain Roads Recordings newest edition. All the members of the band work, have families or are in the progress of making families, and/or go to school full-time while playing their music. The love of the music and the Lord is what drives the band to continue what they do, while the money is just a plus!
- New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters
Around a dozen years ago a group of musicians from the Galax, VA area formed a new band. This group The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters took their name, in part from the original Bogtrotters of the 1930's and also because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard's Branch. Rounding out the Bogtrotters lineup are: Eddie Bond on Fiddle, Dennis Hall on guitar, Josh Ellis with clawhammer banjo, Jesse Morris on Bass and Leon Frost on mandolin. Old time music is alive and well, and continues to attract fans of all ages. The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotter's remian a leading force in carrying the traditional music of the Virginia/Carolina Blue Ridge into the new millenium.
- Redhead Express
From the Wilds of Alaska RedHead Express welcomes you to join their family for a night of outstanding entertainment and high-energy music. From hits of the 50s and 60s, to country, original songs, traditional, bluegrass and old time music, RedHead Express will delight with tight family harmonies and hard-driving instrumentals in their unique acoustic sound.
- Ron Block
For the past fifteen years, Ron Block has been the spiritual touchstone of Alison Krauss and Union Station, contributing sterling musicianship on banjo, guitar and vocals. Block’s first solo album, Faraway Land (Rounder, 2001), was met with great critical acclaim and raised the bar for Block as an artist for his Rounder Records follow-up, DoorWay. Boasting an all-star lineup featuring Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Jerry Douglas, Barry Bales, Adam Steffey, Stuart Duncan, Viktor Krauss, Suzanne and Sidney Cox, Andy Hubbard (Little Big Town) and Homer, Lisa, and Lori Forbes, among others, DoorWay is a set of intensely moving and personal songs that Block self-produced and wrote…a beautiful and rewarding glimpse inside the human heart.
- Sierra Hull & Highway 111
Despite the praise and acclaim that swirls around her, Sierra Hull remains humble, down to earth, and gracious. It is this good nature that has already endeared her to so many and continues to charm and impress all who come into contact with her. “Sierra is a remarkably talented, beautiful human being,” says Alison Krauss. “Success could not come to a more worthy person. I adore her.”
Sierra Hull & Highway 111
- Still House
Still-House consists of some familiar faces to the bluegrass community. Four of the members come from the popular female fronted group Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain. Travis, Keith, Jamie, and Kevin have been burning up the roads with Carrie for the past 3 years, playing all over the US including Canada and France. Justin is no stranger to the bluegrass community either, having played for the past 4 years with his own band The Deer Creek Boys. Justin and the Hard Rain members have teamed up to...
- VW Boys
The VW Boys' show is a unique blend of talent consisting of music, magic and comedy, a complete variety show. Audiences of all ages enjoy the VW Boys show. The VW Boys perform a wide range of shows from Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN to openings for comedic greats such as Jerry Clower and Don Knotts.
- The Tony and Jeff Brown Band
Bluegrass/Gospel band with Members: Tony Brown-Banjo/Lead and Harmony vocals Jeff Brown-Guitar/Lead and Tenor vocals, Austin Brown-Lead and Rhythm guitar, Noah Brown-Bass/Lead and Harmony vocals, Ebby Jewel-Mandolin/Fiddle/Harmony vocals from Richlands.
- Wayne Henderson
Wayne Henderson's top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia; his guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of "Masters of the Steel-String Guitar", and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about 20 instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Doc Watson, a good friend who sometimes stops at Wayne's shop in Rugby, VA, to pick a few tunes, owns a Henderson mandolin. He said, "That Henderson mandolin is as good as any I've had my hands on. And that's saying a lot, because I've picked up some good ones."
Some of Henderson's instruments are intricately decorated but are most respected for their volume, tone, and resonance. Blues guitarist John Cephas said that Wayne Henderson "is probably the most masterful guitar maker in this whole United States." There is a waiting list for Henderson's guitars made up of the "famous (and not-so-famous)".
Above and beyond his great talents as a musician and luthier, Wayne Henderson is known as a "friend to everyone" and shares his talents and knowledge unselfishly.
The Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition was established in 1995 to express appreciation for this "living legend". A portion of the proceeds from the Festival are placed into a scholarship fund to aid local young musicians in continuing their educations.
- Wonder Gospel Group
The Country/Gospel quartet "Wonder" (Sam, Maverick, Mark and Jim) from the foothills of the Shenandoah Valley in Rockbridge County, has their special blend of four part harmony and have been compared to The Statlers. More at Website
- Read more: Crooked Road Ramblers
The Crooked Road Ramblers play old-time music from Virginia and North Carolina and can often be found playing at the local fiddlers' conventions,parties, and square dances.
Read more: Crooked Road Ramblers
- Mountain Park Old Time Band
Mountain Park Old Time Band has been together for 3 years and consists of Johnny Gentry on Guitar, Dobro, Vocals, and sometimes Fiddle. Nancy Gentry is his wife and plays the Bass as well as lends vocals. Roger Stamper plays the Fiddle in our band as well as his own Irish band. C.T. Janney keeps us all in time with his excellent dancing and percussion on the washboard. Mark Handy, MD plays the banjo and also contributes some vocals. We are all friends who truly love playing Old Time Music. We are influenced by different genres and while helping to preserve the songs and musical heritage of Old Time Music, we also incorporate different musical influences including Country and Bluegrass.
Mountain Park Old Time Band
- Whitetop Mountain Band
The Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop, Virginia is an area rich in the old time music tradition; this band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style.
At the same time, Whitetop Mountain Band shows are very versatile and entertaining containing everything from fiddle/banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, and four part mountain gospel songs. Shows also include flat foot dancing. The band is well known for their high energy and charisma on stage.
Whitetop Mountain Band
- Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder
Adam McPeak, son of Mike McPeak, one of the legendary McPeak Brothers, wanted to start his own bluegrass band. The Mountain Thunder band is made up of young people that range in the ages of 12- 16. Adam's dream is to carry on the family heritage of bluegrass music.
- Blue Ridge Travelers
Hailing from the North Carolina/Virginia area of the Blue Ridge Mountains this emerging, young bluegrass group exhibit their passion for the music of their culture and heritage.
Blue Ridge Travelers
- Emily Henline
Emily is a 13 year old up and coming Country, Gospel, and Bluegrass singer from Virginia. Known as "The Little Girl With The Big Voice", Emily was recently made a regular cast member of Virginia Dreams CenterStage, a regional TV show featuring country, gospel and bluegrass music. Emily is available for all types of events and functions. From concerts and bluegrass festivals, to fairs and churches, she has a set to fit all occasions and is sure to entertain everyone, young and old.
- Loose Strings on Facebook
The Loose Strings Band are a bluegrass group. They are all under the age of 16 and have a lot of spunk!! They enjoy festivals a playing for local groups and parties.
Loose Strings on Facebook
- Montana Young on YouTube
There is no profile or website information available for Montana, but please view several YouTube videos! Montana Young on YouTube
- Old Grass
Cathrine Conner, Jared Boyd, Justin Addison, Jacob Addison, Daniel Greeson
Galax 75th Fiddlers convention youth band winners
A wide variety of musical backgrounds the band plays &
sings Old Time, Gospel, Bluegrass & some country tunes.
The music has no boundary for these award winning teens.
- The Church Sisters
Savannah Church on Lead Vocals, Sarah Church on Mandolin and harmony vocals, Jay Duncan rhythm and lead guitar,Seth Church lead and rhythm guitar, Jerry Jones bass fiddle and bass vocal,Carroll Arnn on Banjo, fiddle, mandolin and baritone vocals.
The Church Sisters
- Zeb & Samantha Snyder
When Bud and Laine Snyder started their young kids in classical music lessons, they didn't expect to find them on stage other than a recital here and there. Now music is a big part of life for this North Carolina family as Samantha, age eleven, and Zeb, age fifteen, have excelled in their individual instruments and the art of entertaining. As the two youngsters began to perform more often as a duo, their music interest turned toward
Bluegrass. While Samantha plays fiddle and Zeb the guitar, there seemed to be something missing. So, Dad was surprised by an upright bass on his birthday and it was only a matter of time before Bud would join them on stage. The Snyder's show includes instrumentals as well as vocal numbers by Samantha and Zeb, with Mom, Laine, joining in occasionally to add three part harmony. Now the family enjoys evenings "circled around" the living room
working on upcoming performances and simply making music together. They all look forward to the time when little brother, Owen, now four years old, will make his musical contribution to the Snyder Family Band.
Snyder Family Band
- Zephyr Lightning Bolts
The Zephyr Lightning Bolts is an Old Time band from Wilkes and Surry County in North Carolina whose musical influence comes mainly from Thornton and Emily Spencer of Whitetop, Virginia. They play traditional Old Time music that includes knockdown tunes for flat footing, ballads for waltzes and two-steps, jigs and reels for square dances and Virginia Reels, and old gospel songs for the audience to sing along.
Zephyr Lightning Bolts