NRCC jamborees closing for the summer April 13

Whitetop Mountain and Truegrass will close out the season for New River Community College’s Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Saturday, April 13.

The music begins at 6 p.m. in Edwards Hall, room 117, on the college’s Dublin campus.

Whitetop Mountain is a family band from Whitetop that got its start in the 1940s and specializes in old-time fiddling and banjo picking. However, they are also known for versatility, often including blues, classic country and honky-tonk pieces with their traditional bluegrass sounds.

The band has performed at square dances, festivals, and competitions throughout the United States and has performed internationally in the United Kingdom and Australia. Band members are Thornton Spencer, fiddle; Emily Spencer, banjo, guitar and vocals; Martha Spencer, guitar, banjo, fiddle and vocals; Jackson Cunningham, mandolin, guitar and vocals, and Debbie Bramer, bass.

Truegrass formed in early 2004, performs traditional bluegrass that ranges from hard driving and energetic to slow ballads and gospel tunes. The band has performed throughout Southwest Virginia, as well as East Tennessee, North Carolina and Maryland. Truegrass has released bluegrass and bluegrass gospel CD’s and has opened for the band Cherryholmes, among others.

Band members are Emory Parks, guitar and lead vocals; Jack Wells, mandolin and vocals; Wayne Thomas, banjo and vocal harmony; Paul Catron, fiddle and vocals, and Freel Taylor, bass fiddle and vocal harmony.

Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include CVS Pharmacy, Dublin; Gregory Seeding and Landscaping Co., Pulaski; King’s Tire Service, Pulaski; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.; Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce; Pulaski County Patriot, Pulaski; Shoney’s Restaurant, Dublin; Southern Furniture Warehouse, Radford; Trader’s Emporium & Estate Jewelry Services, Dublin; Wade’s Supermarket, Dublin, and WPSK Radio.

Doors open at 5 p.m. There is no charge for admission; however, donations will be accepted to help pay travel expenses for the musicians. NRCC is a Crooked Road-affiliated venue.

More information about NRCC Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club is available from Roger Adkins at 674-3600, ext. 4307, and online at




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