The Merc and Fried Fish

We had a fantastic time this past week performing in Draper and in Blacksburg! On May 11 we played for the New River Valley Regional Commission at The Draper Mercantile. It was a great night for the local community to come together and celebrate their successes and future plans; we were thrilled to be part of it! If you haven't been to the "Merc'", definitely check it out: it's a Trading Company that supplies a wide array of things. From great food and baked goods, to wonderful regional (and non-regional) gifts, to outdor recreation apparel and bike rentals…even a full service florist! It's definitely worth the trip.

We were fortunate to be in the presence of a very talented photographer, Matt Ross, who sent us some professional shots – yee haw! Here're some of the highlights:

On Saturday, we braved the chilly May weather (what gives?) to play for the happy people waiting in line for delicious food at The Ruritan Fish Fry in Blacksburg, VA. Despite the wind, people came out in throngs to support the Mt. Tabor Ruritan. If you haven't yet made it out…what are you waiting for? There will be plenty of future events this summer with some very talented musicians playing…who doesn't love fried fish?

Until next time…support live music!

Spring 2016 and Updates

Happy Spring 2016! We have been so busy the past year that we haven't had much time to update our website…but all that has changed! Check out some of the renovations we've made, including an updated Band page, cleaned up Events page, and an additional page on the Venues We Love – on it you'll find names and inebdded hyperlinks to some great events and venues we love to play for in and around southwestern VA (we hope to continue to add to this long list this year!). Finally, the font on the site has been changed to a sans-sarif font to make it an overall easier read. We hope you like the changes – feel free to let us know!

Enjoy the weather and we're looking forward to seeing you this Spring!

Summertime Tunes!

It was a real thrill to perform on the main stage at Blacksburg's Fork and Cork Festival and it was fine weather for wine tasting! The following week, we loved helping celebrate a homestyle wedding with a gorgeous mountain vista of the New River Valley. The bride was barefoot and pregnant, but still had a blast dancing the Virginia Reel to our highstepping version of "John Brown's Dream!" The Mountians of Music Homecoming Festival sponsored by the Crooked Road kept us very busy for 9 days in June. We played for a great clogging workshop and squaredance/ barndance  on the well-worn planks of the old barn floor in Riner.

Saturday night dances returned to Floyd Country Store as part of the Mountains of Music Festival and we played for the dance/concert in June. it was a big success with the Blacksburg Hoorah Cloggers putting on an amazing performance! They will be performing with us again when we play there on , Friday, August 21. They are the best dancers ever! Other highlights of the festival week in June included our first time playing at the new Pearisburg's Farmers Market, hosting the Blacksburg Market old time jam to a big crowd and lots of dancers, and playing for the Solstice Chef event at the Blacksburg Farmers Market on a fine Saturday morning.

It was a real delight to start the evening of festive dancing at my own daughter's wedding by calling a dance for a joyous crowd of dancers whooping it up to the Virginia Reel. There are more fun times to come this summer as we will take the stage for a set at Blacksburg's Steppin' Out and the Heritage Days at the Montgomery County Museum.

Hope to see you out and about, supporting live music!

Finally Spring!

We are glad that spring is finally here and we can begin to spend time outdoors again, meeting old friends at festivals and gatherings! We had some great times this winter and got to play at some exciting new venues. We celebrated Valentine’s Day at Wolf Hills Brewery in Abingdon, sampling their product and meeting some very friendly folks. We had an exciting ride home as I-81 was becoming covered in snow and blizzard like conditions! Glad to get home safely that night. Recently, we had the opportunity to do a show at The Harvester in Rocky Mount and had a wonderful audience there.

 We continue to play out at local venues, sometimes as a duet if the performing space is small. We are staying involved with the Blacksburg scene and have been hosting several local old time jams as well as the old time jam that happens on Sundays at the Floyd Country Store.  We played our first political rally to protest the Mountain Valley pipeline that threatens our beautiful hills and streams here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We learned a protest song written by Robin and Linda Williams and enjoyed having backup singers and audience sing-along on the chorus. While performing, we had a good crowd of flat footers and it felt like a real throw back to the 1970’s!                 

Lots of cold snowy days have kept us inside perfecting songs and tunes and recording for our second CD. Just some final touches and it will be ready to send out for production! We are excited to play in May for Blacksburg’s  Fork and Cork Festival and the barn dance put on by Blacksburg Square Dance. In June, we will be entertaining at several venues during the Mountains of Music Homecoming Festival that is sponsored by the Crooked Road. Hope to see you out dancing or joining in on some jam tunes!

Ready to start the New Year

After such a busy summer and fall,it was great to have some time off to relax and recharge. During the warmer months, we were lucky to play some new venues and several weddings. It was lots of fun to call dances and teach the Virginia Reel as friends and family enjoyed celebrating their special day! We even set up a Wedding page on this website with lots of pictures of couples dancing.

Returning to Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival was exciting with a concert at the Bristol Theatre and entertaining at K.P.Duty. Hosting the Blacksburg old time jam at the Farmer's Market has been lots of fun and in the fall, we enjoyed kicking things off at the first old time jam at the Alexander Black House Museum. Good times at the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd, the annual square dance at. Camp Legacy with the Hoorah Cloggers,and a live radio show on WUVT's Local Zone. We were glad to have a chance to try out our new cowboy songs.

As the weather turned cooler, we loved playing at the Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival, watching all the families get their pumpkins.Blacksburg Square Dance was great fun at Phil's barn with a large crowd of stomping dancers in their jeans and flannel.

We have had good times playing at Due South BBQ,returning to the old time stage at BrewDo, and were very pleased to be included with all the talented acts at the Side Door Revue. It was a very successful fundraiser for the Radford Food Pantry!

It is exciting and so much fun to be recording another CD! A great way to pass the time on snowy days. We expect that we will have a lot of good tunes in the can by time spring rolls around.

Check out our events as we will be playing all around the New River Valley. Hope to see you out on the town sometime soon!

Remember to support live music!

Old Time Herald Review

We are very proud and pleased with our CD review by Bill Wagner in the last issue of the Old Time Herald: 

"They are on the entertainer end of the spectrum and that is reflected in their debut CD. …After all, there is a reason these tunes are popular and that is because they are pleasing….The band is at their best on the instrumental tunes. "Garfield's Blackberry Blossom" gets a nice airing, pushed along by some long, Puckett-like guitar runs from Barbour. Herling also gives a good kick to "Texas Gals," "Billy in the Lowground," and "Big Scioty," throwing in a few twists here and there. His standout tracks, indeed the standout tracks of th recording are, however, "East Tennessee Blues" and "If the River Was Whiskey." Those come together best, probably because of the infectious, swingy beat and good feeling. Herling is also at his most inventive, creating some very good lines and variations. "if the River Was Whiskey" features his best singing here, though "Dixie Darling" is a close second, with "Up On the Blue Ridge Mountain" just behind that. Both sides of the coin, archivist and entertainer, are needed, but the name of the game is still entertainment. The Indian Run Stringband gives us a good bit of that with this debut."

 Check out the entire review on the Press and Quotes page. Thank you all for your love and support 🙂


Summer Update

We have been having a great summer 2014 so far! A few gigs here and there and many fun things to come. Recently, we’ve had the amazing opportunity to meet and play with Dom Flemons and Boo Hanks at the Blue Ridge Music Center. What amazing musicians and fun people! We opened for them on a warm evening and then were able to relax and listen to their shows.

IRSB sound check


Dom and Boo playing together after our set


Kristie and Ginger with Boo and Dom after the show

We’ve been able to play for a few festivals so far – all have proved to be a great time! We had a BLAST being the featured band for the Henry Reed Festival and competing at Elk Creek. In fact, Paul got 3rd place for Bluegrass fiddle at Elk Creek and even competed at Wayne Henderson Festival!!! We're all very proud of him.

Mark, Paul, Ginger and Chris Webb at Henry Reed Festival


A few good opportunities to come out and listen to us are coming up. Some notable gigs are the Floyd Country Store on August 8 and the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Roanoke Campground on August 10! And those are just in the near future. Check out the Events page for more info!

Keep on pickin’ and enjoying the beautiful southwestern VA summer weather.


Looking forward to May 31!

After a great show at Gillies on Wednesday the 28th, we are all geared up to play for the Newport Jamboree and for a special private event tomorrow out in Newport, VA!

Thanks to all our friends who came out to Gillies – you were so much fun!!


Hooray for Summer 2014!

The air is sweeter, grass is greener, flowers in full bloom, the wind wispers of late night jams and all-night fiddler's convention fun! We couldn't wait for the summer to come, and it's finally about here! 

Winter – Spring 2014 was a really rough and tumble time for IRSB, but we got through it stronger and sounding more vivacious than ever! Our bassist is now *finally* done with that pesky PhD and can spend more time focusing on more important things…like being present at more gigs! (Just kidding, we're proud, but it's good to have her back!). This weekend begins TONIGHT (May 9th) at the Floyd Country Store at 7:30PM and then TOMORROW (May 9th) at Warm Hearth in celebration for the NRV Eco Expo!

We were able to play at some lovely venues so far in 2014, including The Cellar, Gillies, The Palisades, Moss Center for the Arts, Homestead Farm, and Floyd Country Store. It was a great break from those cold-weather blues we all get and we loved all the dancers.

I'll be back in a little while to post some pictures of our recent gigs on this blog, but in the meantime, check out this well-dressed crowd we played to yesterday (May 8) for President Charles Steger's retirement celebration!

CXCW Videos posted!

Hey Everyone! Go to out Audio/Video page to check out our submissions for Couch By Couchwest and remember to "like" it. ALSO, for those of you who have tickets, we can't wait to see you at the Crooked Road Festival at the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech on Saturday, March 22! And for everyone else, come to the square dance at Homestead Farm in Riner, VA on Sunday March 23 at 4pm for some kickin' tunes and enthusiastic calling by our good friend Phil Louer.