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Whiskey Bent Valley Boys to perform in concert

Bluegrass-Americanan band to play at Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and Frederick, Md.

Bluegrass-Americanan band to play at Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and Frederick, Md.

November 12, 2009

When life handed them lemons -- a round of layoffs from their factory jobs a year and a half ago -- the four-man bluegrass crew from Kentucky turned to what it new best: "Whiskey."

The members of Whiskey Bent Valley Boys switched from occasionally gigging to full-time music making.

"If it wasn't for that, we wouldn't have taken that opportunity," said the band's 27-year-old banjo player, Mason Dixon.

Whiskey Bent Valley Boys have booked two shows in the Tri-State region. On Friday, the Boys will be at Unique Bar & Grille in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. On Saturday, the band performs at Cafe Nola in Frederick, Md.

Dixon, who also dabbles as a heavy metal guitarist, chatted with The Herald-Mail on behalf of the Boys before their upcoming shows in the Tri-state area.

Dixon said that he and his buddy, JR Green, the band's 24-year-old fiddle player and lead vocalist, formed as Whiskey Bent Valley Boys in 2004 as an outgrowth of their interest in bluegrass.

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By 2006, the two expanded to four with the addition of Casey Jones, the crew's 18-year-old upright bass player, and 24-year-old spoon and mandolin player, Johnny "Whippermule" Hudson, whom Dixon said was a neighborhood kid he and Green randomly discovered playing mandolin on a front porch.

At first, the band was more of a part-time thing.

Dixon and Green both worked at a Ford Distribution center, inspecting cars before they were shipped out.

"I saw us being there for 30 years, working for Ford," Dixon said.

But then they were laid off. The guys saw the band as an opportunity to make the music their main source of income.

Dixon said the Boys now have the flexibility they needed to expand their tour -- they're trying to market themselves as an up-and-coming bluegrass outfit. They plan to record their first album of originals in January, carrying the torch for the music they love.

"Whether you listen to punk rock or metal, this music is the original foundation of all that," Dixon said. "What we're doing was done in the 1800s and early 1900s. That's what brought on this genre and all the other music -- old-time music."




About Whiskey Bent Valley Boys



Genre: Bluegrass, Americana

Hometown: Pee Wee Valley, Ky.

Web: www.whiskeybentvalley.com or www.myspace.com/whiskeybentvalley




If you go ...



WHAT: Whiskey Bent Valley Boys has two area performances

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13

WHERE: Unique Bar & Grille, 13314 Monterey Lane, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

CONTACT: www.uniquebarandgrill.com

WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

WHERE: Cafe Nola, 4 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD

CONTACT: www.cafe-nola .com

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