11/4: Floyd Radio Show
Join us for The Floyd Radio Show on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm! Featuring Dori Freeman, The New Smokey Valley Boys, and The New Standard Bluegrass Band. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of show.
Dori Freeman is a singer and songwriter from Galax, VA. Her music blurs the finer lines of Americana and shines new light on the legacy of traditional music. She brings modern and honest perspective – both lyrically and vocally – to the genre. Her sophomore album will be released in October 2017.
The New Smokey Valley Boys are a group of young men who have come together to honor one of old time music’s greatest string bands. The original group based out of Surry County, NC, was led by the late Benton Flippen and Paul Sutphin from the 1970s all the way through to Flippen’s death in 2011. Though various members came and went, the group was known for its hard driving square dance style, and received numerous awards over the decades. Along the way Benton invited younger folks to be a part of his group, including members of the New Smokey Valley Boys. Andy Edmonds was a member of Benton’s group for 12 years and learned to fiddle directly under the guidance of Flippen. Kevin Fore also played with Benton for numerous years and provided a solid Round Peak banjo sound for the band. Wes Clifton comes from a long line of musicians, including his legendary grandfather Verlen Clifton. Wes played in the Smokey Valley Boys the last few years of Benton’s life. Todd Hiatt also comes from a very musical family, and adds mandolin to the band in true Surry County fashion. Though these guys have played together for years in various combinations, this group is dedicated to reviving a particular sound that once dominated the old time scene.
We believe in keeping traditional bluegrass music alive. New Standard plays a mix of traditional bluegrass and gospel music, honoring Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley and The Stanley Brothers (just to name a few). We also play original bluegrass and gospel tunes written by our band members. After 5 years of playing in western Virginia we hope to continue bringing music to the region for many years to come.