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Elkville String Band

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Jeff Michael, Herb Key,
Drake Walsh & Bill Williams

Artist Biography

From Wilkes County, North Carolina, the Elkville String Band plays genuine American rural music. They go back to a day when musicians didn't care whether what they were playing was called old-time, bluegrass, gospel, or country; it was just music. The members of the Elkville String Band powerfully convey the pure joy of playing music together.

Drake Walsh, son of 1920s and 30's RCA and Columbia recording artist, Dock Walsh, started playing banjo when he was about six or seven years old, and he has been playing traditional mountain music ever since. Fiddle and mandolin have become Drake’s primary instruments, but he is also a great harmonica, guitar, and banjo player.

Herb Key grew up in a musical family in Wilkes County. He has played music for most of his life and has spent more than thirty years making, repairing, and restoring instruments. Over the years, Herb has played in a number of groups including the High County Ramblers, with Larry Pennington, which won 
in the bluegrass band category at the Galax Fiddlers Convention the year they formed. 
Jeff Michael has been pickin' and singing in this area all his life. He is a multi-talented musician who can play any 
instrument. His singing talents are known throughout  this area and beyond. Jeff has performed on The Grand Ole Opry with Bill Monroe, Charlie Louvin, and is a regular with Big Country Bluegrass. He plays banjo, fiddle, and guitar and sings lead and harmony.

Bass player Bill Williams moved to Wilkes County from Florida in 1976, and he has immersed himself in the mountain music of the region. He was a founding member of Steve Kilby’s Sunday Night Band, which later became Kingsberry Run. Bill plays with a number of groups in the area that call him from time to time when they need a bass player. Bill plays primarily with Elkville String Band, and he serves as the contact person for the group.

Rooted and original, joyous, creative, and down to earth, the Elkville String Band's album is not just enjoyable and but quite important. They represent one of a very few living, authentic representatives of a significant slice of southern American musical heritage best known for Roy Acuff, Hall, and Snuffy Jenkins.

Band Contact Information:

Bill Williams
851 Welcome Home Church Road
North Wilkesboro, NC  28659
(336) 838-4526

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