Venue: Rex Theater, Galax
Date: July 6, 2012
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Event Types: Music
The Rex Theater presents the Slate Mountain Ramblers live on Friday, July 6th for the Blue Ridge Backroads live music show.
The Slate Mountain Ramblers, featuring fiddler Richard Bowman, have long been a staple both at fiddler's conventions and dances in the Northwest North Carolina and Southwest Virginia area. They are one of the finest family stringbands of the Blue Ridge. Fueled by Richard's energetic fiddling, and backed up by daughter Marcia's rock-solid, clawhammer banjo and wife Barbara's driving bass, the Slate Mountain Ramblers provide the perfect elements for a square dance; good rhythm and great old-time tunes.
The band was formed 29 years ago around the time Marsha was born and earlier members included: Ray Chatfield, Bill Mansfield, Dan Williams, Buck Stouton and Barbara Poole. For the last 20 years, the current lineup has centered around the family with additional musical support from guitarist, Ted Ashe. In addition, to being fine musicians and winning numerous ribbons as an old-time band, Marcia and Barbara have won many dance contests with their flatfooting and clogging. The Slate Mountain Ramblers have performed in England, Austria, and across the US but they are best known as a mainstay of the dance and festival culture locally here within the region.
WBRF 98.1 FM sends out 100,000 watts of live old-time and bluegrass music every Friday night from the stage of the historic Rex Theater, located in downtown Galax, Virginia, a town nicknamed "The World Capital of Old Time Mountain Music." Listeners may be in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia or Tennessee enjoying the traditional music show from the comfort of their homes, or they may be sitting back in one of the 475 seats at the Rex Theater.
For more information on 98.1 FM, Blue Ridge Country, visit: http://www.blueridgecountry98.com/
The radio station and the Galax Downtown Association have partnered to turn the live radio show into a live radio stage show and have been doing so since October of 1999.
The Rex Theater was was built in 1939 as the area’s second movie theater. The downtown association also sells drinks, popcorn and candy bars during shows to raise money. The Blue Ridge Backroads weekly show has been designated as a site on Virginia's The Crooked Road.
For more information about Rex Theater, visit: http://www.rextheatergalax.com/