Five Mile Mt. Road, Bluegrass Kinsmen with Fiddlin’ Billy Baker and Center Stage Cloggers


Glade Town Square

115 Town Square St., Glade Spring VA

Crooked Road Concerts


7:00 PM

To be held on the Glade Spring Town Square (inside if raining).

Five Mile Mountain Road, a string band based in Boone Mill, Virginia, is fronted by Billy Hurt on fiddle, and includes Seth Boyd on banjo and guitar, Brennen Ernst on guitar and banjo, and Steven Dowdy on upright bass. Billy Hurt as a young fiddler was strongly influenced stylistically by the legendary traditional fiddler Clark Kessinger, and he once played with Karl Shiflett. In the words of journalist John Lawless, Hurt plays his repertoire—drawn from the period 1930-1970 and mixing dance tunes, older country material, western swing, and bluegrass—“with a clarity and precision quite rare in contemporary bluegrass.” Five Mile Mountain Road frequently performs for dances and band competitions, and always generates excitement wherever it performs.
Having played traditional bluegrass music since 1971 The Bluegrass Kinsmen was formed by brothers Shelby and Ebby Jewell of Southwest Virginia. Upon Shelby's retirement in 2012, Ebby’s wife Teresa stepped in to help keep the band going. Offering considerable variety in its shows, The Bluegrass Kinsmen features Teresa and three other lead singers on songs that run the gambit from traditional bluegrass to folk to gospel music; much of the material the band performs was composed by Teresa and Ebby. Showcasing Ebby’s virtuosity on multiple instruments, especially the banjo, The Bluegrass Kinsmen is known for great harmony and skilled playing. Based in Tazewell, Russell, and Buchanan Counties, the band also includes Ervin Compton (guitar, vocals), Ricky Kennedy (bass, harmony vocals), Ryan Lester (mandolin, vocals), and Dean Jackson (lead guitar, vocals).
Born in 1936 in Pound, Virginia, Billy Baker was a child prodigy, playing banjo at four years of age and fiddle at six. By the early 1950s, Billy Baker was playing professionally with local bands. In the early 1960s he recorded with Earl Taylor and worked with that musician on WBMD Maryland. By 1963, Baker joined Del McCoury's band and played on recordings made for Arhoolie Records. The following year Baker worked with Bill Monroe as a member of the Bluegrass Boys, though he soon relocated to Los Angeles, where Baker played on television with the Golden State Boys bluegrass band during 1965. Shortly thereafter, he worked briefly with Alex Campbell before rejoining McCoury's band. During the late 70s, he played in the studio band on recordings for the Old Homestead label; he also played fiddle on albums recorded by the Bluegrass Kinsmen and Kentucky Grass. Today, Baker is considered one of the greatest living bluegrass musicians.