Hiltons, VA -- Spencer Branch is a relatively new old time band that sprang from the famous Spencer family of the Whitetop Mountain Band. Saturday, June 28th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Spencer Branch, an old time band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.
Kilby and Martha Spencer are the son and daughter of Thornton and Emily Spencer. Martha plays with the Whitetop Mountain Band, and Kilby often does as well. Kilby has his own old time band – the Crooked Road Ramblers. Martha often travels overseas as a duet with Jackson Cunningham who also plays with the Whitetop Mountain Band.
Kelley Breiding adds her vocal talent to the group. A native of North Carolina, Kelley’s known as “the girl with the big voice.” She grew up playing the piano and guitar, and later became a champion banjo player. Formerly with the old time band Back Step, she helped formed the group Kelley and the Cowboys in 2005. She’s performed with many industry greats, and has a bright future in music.
Another member of the group – Jeff Michaels – is well-known to Fold audiences from his time with a bluegrass group favorite – Big Country Bluegrass. Jeff is no longer with Big Country, but he’s working with Spencer Branch and others. Jeff and Kelly’s vocals will “bring down the house.” Jeff is a champion fiddler to boot.
There will be some other musicians with the group – most likely Jackson Cunningham (another fine fiddler, mandolin player, and vocalist).
Kilby and Martha grew up surrounded by music. Their parents’ band – the Whitetop Mountain Band – has performed for over four decades. Kilby literally learned to fiddle at the feet of the master – his dad Thornton – and he’s one of the finest old time fiddlers around. Martha plays guitar, fiddle, and bass – and has one of the most beautiful voices in old time music. She cuts a mean rug when she does old time dance, and she captivates an audience. Add the talent of Kelley Breiding and Jeff Michaels, and you have an old time band that fits the Carter Fold and our audience like a saddle on a horse.
Don’t miss Spencer Branch at the Carter Family Fold. It will be an evening of down-home entertainment and rollicking fun. Bring along your friends and your dancing shoes! You can check out Spencer Branch on You Tube.
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 and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo.