It has been good to take a winter break and regroup after such a busy summer and fall. Good weather brought on lots of opportunities and we enjoyed playing for dancers at the local brewery, Rising Silo, and the Floyd Country Store.
The band performed for "STOP MVP" at two of their events to support members and boost morale. We were invited to play for several Virginia Tech special functions at Smithfield Plantation, the German Club, and the Hahn Horticultural Gardens.
Square Dancing is back after a long break for COVID and social distancing. The Ferrum Freshman dance is a real ice-breaker and we finally got back to barn dances with the Blacksburg Square Dance last fall!
Finally, we took time out to record some favorite tunes that we have been working on and are still editing for a final album. Our bass player, Kristie, has been leaning and in singing a third part to enhance our harmony and we're excited to share our recordings soon. Her three year old son is a big fan of our train songs and his dancing and singing adss a lot to our practice sessions!
We sure do miss getting out and playing together, but have stuck to the Covid-19 quarantine during this cold winter. Lots of ice and snow and freezing temperatures here in the New River Valley!
Understandably, this put a kibosh on our summertime jams on the porch that continued into jamming on the deck as the fall brought chilly weather. We even bought a small outdoor gas heater that helped, but eventually it got too cold for our fingers to play outdoors on the deck.
We were lucky to have outdoor gigs about once a month through the summer and early fall of 2020 that kept us playing. We loved sharing our music at an outdoor concert with guests at Mountain Lake Hotel by the gazebo and enjoyed playing at a couple of outdoor private parties, the Blacksburg Farmers Market, and on the porch at the Wilderness Road Regional Museum's Living History. We closed out the fall with a Halloween gig at the Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival, complete with a background of antique tractors!
Check out our photos to see all the fun that was had!
As the spring warms up, we plan to play tunes again on our deck (did I mention Margaritas?). Looking forward to playing in May at the Brewridge Festival at Mountain Lake and also playing for a small square dance as the warm weather makes outdoor entertainment a possibility. Hope to see you soon!
Keep On Keepin' On
It's been a rough year, folks. We're lucky to all have our health and safety here are IRSB, but we know that there are many struggling for the last several months. Nearly all of our shows were canceled from March to September, but were able to do a few socially-distant gigs here and there during the last few months. All the festivals, shows, gigs, events, and brew-ha-has we were looking forward to in 2020 have all gone by the wayside. Here's to a more musical future for us all.
On a lighter note, we've been able to get some playing in the last several weeks down by the shores of Indian Run (check out the Audio & Visual page!). If you drive down our road on a Sunday evening, you just might hear some foot tapping, blues-beating music ambling down the happiest hollow in Blacksburg.
Until we meet (in person) again.
We had a great Sunday afternoon last weekend recording some tunes at Virginia Tech's recording studio in downtown Blacksburg. We recorded a few tunes and some songs with Old Man Kelly on guitar. A good time was had, but I have to admit that I wish we were able to enjoy the sunny (albeit windy!) afternoon a little more. That being said, we're really excited about what we recorded (with Jacob Early at the controls) and thank him for the opportunity to record there again – it's been a few years since we played there, but the quality of the studio is still 100% awesome. Fun fact: It was built by Rick Krayniak way back in the day before he sold it to VT and I think the F-150s recorded some killer stuff there. We'll hopefully be able to post some of those songs on this site on YouTube (just search for Indian Run Stringband).
Tunes recorded: Cattle in the Cane, Monroe's Farewell to Long Hollow, Goodbye Girls I'm Going to Boston
Songs recorded: Grey Cat on the Tennessee Farm, When the Train Comes Along, Dixie Darlin' (in F with 3 part harmony)
Well, it's been a while since we've updated our site – sorry for that. The good news is that we had a great 2018 (be sure to check out the Archives page to see where we've played in 2018). Highlights include Chantilly Farms Bluegrass Festival in May, the Blacksburg Gospel Sing and event for Delegate Chris Hurst in June, opening for Wayne Henderson and performing at Bristol Rhythm and Roots in September, and spending a few beautiful Saturdays in October at the Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival. So, yeah, overall, not too shabby.
This year, we're off to a solid start with three gigs in the dark month of January and a few great performances lined up through the Spring. As always, we'd love to play for your special event (wedding, birthday, retirement party, etc.), so email Ginger at email@example.com and she'll hook you up!
…as they dance to our jam at the Floyd Country Store on Dec 17, 2017. It's awesome to see such young folks getting into this old time music!