Jamboree featuring Country Boys, Friday Night Dance

The Country Boys and Friday Night Dance Band will perform at New River Community College’s Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club jamboree Saturday, Nov. 9. The show begins at 6 p.m. in Edwards Hall on the Dublin campus.

The Country Boys have been playing traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music throughout North Carolina and Virginia for over 40 years. The band is made up of Johnny Joyce, Tim Bowman, J.A. Midkiff, Kevin Easter, Doug Joyce and Donald Clifton.

Joyce joined the band in 1973 as the tenor singer and guitarist. Midkiff followed in 1984 on fiddle. In 1987, Bowman added his banjo to the mix and Easter became the mandolin player in 2003. Clifton, the youngest member, came on board in 2012. Band members cite Country Gentleman and Osborne Brothers among their musical influences.

Friday Night Dance Band is an old-time band from Callaway. Over the years, the band has played at many venues, including jam sessions at Cannaday’s Store in Boones Mill and the Floyd Country Store in Floyd, and regular fundraising shows at Floyd Fire Department. The band also received a commendation from the Virginia General Assembly for its contributions to the community of Redwood and town of Rocky Mount, where they play for benefit dances.

Current band members include Dolly Maxey on guitar and vocals, Stan Rowe on bass and vocals, Ron Padgett on banjo, guitar, keyboard, fiddle and vocals, and Steve Carper on fiddle and banjo.

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. The jamborees are held the second Saturday of each month through April at NRCC, a Crooked Road-affiliated venue.

For more information, contact Roger Adkins at 674-3600, ext. 4307, or online at www.nr.edu/fiddle.




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