Linda Lay and Springfield Exit
and the Stony Point Quartet
Springfield Exit was created by three veteran musicians who bring with them a rich variety of experiences. Their music is decidedly their own, with influences of bluegrass, country and traditional folk. Formed in late 2002 by David and Linda Lay along with David McLaughlin, Springfield Exit is now considered one of Virginia’s outstanding trios of singers. They perform original songs and a wide variety of their own arrangements of old standards and traditional songs.
The New North Carolina Ramblers
The New North Carolina Ramblers (Kinney Rorrer, Kirk Sutphin, Jeremy Stephens, Darren Moore) are considered by many to be one of the great, old-time, rural country bands. Individually great musicians, collectively they are even better. Their renditions are compelling and powerful.The New North Carolina Ramblers were formed in the late 1960s by Kinney and Doug Rorrer, nephews of Charlie Poole and Posey Rorer who were the original North Carolina Ramblers in the 1920s. Over the years, the New North Carolina Ramblers have featured many different local old time musicians, but Kinney Rorrer has remained with the group since its genesis. Today, the band consists of Kinney, Kirk Sutphin, Darren Moore, and Jeremy Stephens. Kinney plays the banjo in the old time 3-finger picking style of Charlie Poole, and Kirk Sutphin can play the fiddle with same graceful touch that Posey Rorer had. These fellows not only perform songs and tunes from the repertoire of Charlie Poole, but also from many other old time artists. Darren Moore and Jeremy Stephens bring a wide variety of Carter Family material as Darren has dedicated most of his extra time and talent into the study and interpretation of the music of the Original Carter Family. The New North Carolina Ramblers offer a fine show with a variety of old time styles and downhome knee slapping comedy (solely Kinney's contribution).
Admission is $10. Children 12 and under admitted free.
Evening concerts begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Concert seating starts at 5:30. Patrons are advised to bring lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas and flashlights. Picnics are permitted. Ticket prices vary for weekend concerts in the outdoor amphitheater. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held indoors at the nearby Fairview Ruritan Club. Pets are not permitted in the amphitheater area. Alcohol is not permitted anywhere in the park. Concessions are available on site. Call (276) 236-5309 during the season or visit www.blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.