1/5: Floyd Radio Show
Floyd Country Store presents the January 2019 Floyd Radio Show with The Thundering Tardigrades, Shadowgrass and Gina and Jason Dilg on Saturday, January 5, 2019 starting at 7:30 pm.
Live from The Floyd Country Store in the heart of downtown Floyd, Virginia! The Floyd Country Store brings together a new variety show every month. A series of guest hosts will perform original radio plays, comedy bits, ads, jingles, music and more. Each show features the finest old-timey musical acts, from storytelling banjo players to flatpicking guitarists to hard-driving string bands.
The Thundering Tardigrades are an old time string band with some of Virginia’s finest musicians featuring MJ Epps, JoeBass DeJarnette, David Winston and Mary Winston.
ShadowGrass is comprised of five young players whose paths have crossed to form a love for playing bluegrass music. The band includes Kitty Amaral, fiddle; Presley Barker, guitar; Kyser George, bass; Luke Morris, mandolin and Clay Russell, banjo. All of the members are award winning youth musicians. ShadowGrass is striving to be the next torchbearers to carry on bluegrass music to future generations.
The name ‘ShadowGrass’ was created by the members when they came to realize that they are playing bluegrass music in the ‘shadow’ of such great players as: Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and other founders of the early bluegrass genre. ShadowGrass has performed at venues such as The Blue Ridge Music Center, HoustonFest, Heartwood, The Crooked Road, The Historic Earle Theater, The Lincoln Theater, The International Bluegrass Music Association Convention (IBMA), and The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA).
In 2015, the band was awarded title of the Most Promising Youth Band at the historic Mt. Airy Fiddler’s Convention, and in 2016, the band took first place in the youth competition and 5th place in the adult competition at the prestigious Galax Old Fiddlers Convention. ShadowGrass has been called “one of the most thrilling bluegrass bands to emerge from the musically-rich Crooked Road area in recent memory”
Gina and Jason Dilg are based in the rolling hills of Southwest Virginia, and play the foot-stomping dance tunes and old country ballads of the American string band repertoire. Both multi-instrumentalists, they love performing for country dances as much as putting on concerts. These days they can be found performing as both a duo and as part of the Agents of Old Time supporting Fiddling Earl White.
Gina has been steeped in the traditions of the music from the Southwest to the southern Appalachians since she was a young child. Raised in a family of musicians, she developed an affection for the bright, energetic music of these traditions.
Jason is a respected interpreter of Appalachian dance tunes and ballads. He played banjo in the winning band in the traditional band contest at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifttop W.V. in 2009; he took first in banjo and third in fiddle the Fiddles and Folklife Festival at Warren Wilson College in the spring of 2005; and played guitar behind fiddler David Bass in the first-place old time band at the Tazewell County Fiddlers Convention in the summer of 2006. He was a member of Colorado’s favorite old-time band High on the Hog, and served as an adjunct faculty banjo instructor for Naropa Univers
Tickets for The Floyd Radio Show are $12.00 in advance or $15.00 the day of the show or $90.00 for the entire season. They are available online, at the store, or by calling 540-745-4563.
To purchase tickets online, visit: floydcountrystore.com.
Each show is streamed live during the show and is available as a podcast. Many of the past show are re-broadcasted by partnering radio stations.
The Floyd Country Store occurs on the first Saturday of the month from September through May.
Note: Originally Hoppie Vaughan and Bob Casey were scheduled to perform as well.