The Mountain Park Old Time Band has played at the Blue Ridge Music Center, the Mountain Music Jamboree, and at Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Festival. They have also been featured on National Public Radio. The group has released two CDs – Fire on the Dance Floor and Dancing with Sally Goodin. Mountain Park recently performed at the annual Carter Family Festival.
Fans of groups like the Whiteop Mountain Band will love the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, and be ready for a night of down home fun. Nothing gets you out of your seat and on the dance floor faster than a rousing old time band. Don’t miss the Mountain Park Old Time Band at the Carter Family Fold! For more information on the group, go to: www.MySpace.com/MtnParkOldeTimeBand.
Mountain Park Old Time Band has been together for 3 years and consists of Johnny Gentry on Guitar, Dobro, Vocals, and sometimes Fiddle. Nancy Gentry is his wife and plays the Bass as well as lends vocals. Roger Stamper plays the Fiddle in their band as well as his own Irish band. C.T. Janney keeps them all in time with his excellent dancing and percussion on the washboard. Mark Handy, MD plays the banjo and also contributes some vocals.
The band members are all friends who truly love playing Old Time Music. They are influenced by different genres and while helping to preserve the songs and musical heritage of Old Time Music, they also incorporate different musical influences including Country and Bluegrass.
The band says, "We have been very fortunate to be included as an opening act for the Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Blue Ridge Music Center and lately being invited to perform at Bristol Rhythm and Roots for 2009. We perform at local and regional square dances including the Alleghany Jubille in Sparta, NC, Sheffield Music Hall in Harmony, NC. Beulah Ruitan Club in Beulah, NC, Reddings Cafe in North Wilkesboro, NC, Patrick Springs VFW in Patrick Springs, VA, and the Mountain Music Jamboree in Glendale Springs, NC."
The band has also been very fortunate to perform at the Merry Go Round in Mt. Airy, NC as well as at the Autumn Leaves Festival in Mt. Airy. The Rex Theatre in Galax, Virginia welcomed the group for a live Friday nite concert for the Backroads segment on WBRF. They have also performed at Derek Davis's in downtown Galax as well as at the Leaf and String Festival in Galax, VA. The band was invited to perform with the super Blue Grass group Big Country Bluegrass in February 2009 at the Mountain Music Jamoree.
Mountain Park Old Time Band just finished their third CD Dancing on Rocky Island. Look for it at www.cdbaby.com and iTunes. You can catch any of us and we will be glad to put one in your cd player.
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.
Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on Saturday’s concert, contact the Mountain Music Museum at 276-645-0035. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054.