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Cox, Draggers perform at February jamboree

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Joey Cox and Company and the Dry Hill Draggers will headline February’s Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree in Edwards Hall on New River Community College’s Dublin campus.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the Feb. 8 performance gets underway at 6. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help pay the musicians’ travel expenses.

Cox grew up in Pulaski County, listening to bluegrass music with his family. He started playing with his grandfather’s band, “Black Mountain Ramblers, at the age of 10.

Influenced by banjo legends such as Scott Vestal, Sammy Shelor and Jodi King, Cox placed in many local competitions before joining the Hillsville band “Fast Forward. Other bands he has played with include Blue Ridge, Lou Reid & Carolina and Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver.

Jimmy and Billy Boyd started the band The Dry Hill Draggers in 1981, along with Carl Scott, Murphy Shively and Bob Trammel. They have traveled all along the east coast, performing from New York to Alabama. In 2011 they took second place at the Galax Fiddler’s Festival in the Old Time Band category.

Band members are Stacy Boyd on bass, Jamie Boyd on clawhammer banjo, Jason Hambrick on guitar and Billy Woods and Chris Prillaman on fiddle.

Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamborees are held the second Saturday of each month through April. For more information, call Roger Adkins at 674-3600, ext. 4307, or visit www.nr.edu/fiddle.