BILL JENKINS AND THE VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN BOYS

Bluegrass Band from Newport News, VA - Will travel up to 150 miles
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Cost of our performance will vary depending upon distance and whether an overnight is required.

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In 2014 Bill was inducted into the VIRGINIA MUSICAL MUSEUM HALL OF FAME. Earlier that year Bill had performed for a SECOND time at the NATIONAL PRESS CLUB. In 1964, as young teenagers, Bill Jenkins along with Robert and Russell Cottingham, were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play there. During weekends, the young men were playing "Hootenannies" in the D.C. area and were noticed by the Washington correspondent for the Richmond Times Dispatch. He was greatly impressed by their musical ability and that they were playing "traditional" mountain music at such an early age. He arranged for the young men to put on a one-hour evening show. Fifty years later, Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys, and guest, Robert Cottingham, were invited back to perform a special 50th Anniversary Show. It was a historic event in that only one other person in the long history of the Club had ever had a 50th Show, his name was Jack Benny.

As a youngster, Bill appeared on the Dominion Barn Dance in Richmond. Later he performed with the Virginia Gentlemen and with Red Allen and the Kentuckians. Bill has performed on the White House lawn and was featured on a nationally syndicated Smithsonian Institute program promoting traditional music. Jenkins founded The Virginia Mountain Boys in 1971 and they have been performing together ever since.

Jenkins was born and raised in the Tidewater area of Virginia into a family with a long musical history. Bill's earliest musical influence was with the extended family singing at his aunt's home. As he later recalled, "We were very poor and did not have a car, or a phone, or money for entertainment. Many nights we would just sit around and sing a lot of old songs that had been handed down through the years. Many of these songs such as 'In the Pines', 'Little Bessie', 'Wayfaring Stranger', 'Man of Constant Sorrow' and others I use in my shows today." He also noted that he was strongly influenced by the old time blues singers and the black workers he labored alongside on the family farm. "While working we would sing the old slave songs and hymns. Some of the songs like 'Climbing Jacob's Ladder', 'Old Daniel Prayed', 'Sister Mary', and others,I also use in today's shows. That 'lonesome' sound has always been a large part of my musical influence."

Jenkins has collected countless numbers of old songs over his 60 years of performing. His band can sing over 500 songs from memory. With such an extensive repertoire, every show can be different depending on the location, audience, occasion, and Jenkins' "frame of mind". As one of the best cross picking guitarist in the country, Bill is backed up by Ken Worrell, singer and guitarist; Joe Gilley on the bass and the world class five string banjo player, Clyde Bailey, contributes 'breakdowns" and sings baritone.

Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys bring to life the authentic music of the Southern Appalachians. This old time music is a reflection of the lives of the early immigrants and their descendants who eked out a meager living in the hills and hollows of these majestic mountains. Entertainment options were few and thus self made music became the norm. This mountain music, heavily influenced by Scots-Irish and African rhythms, later gave birth to early Bluegrass and to many early country songs of which some are also included in the shows. The group performs universally loved, but seldom heard music that brings forth a gamut of emotions. Each song is performed as originally written or as handed down through the ages. Thus, these ballads are undiluted and raw like the emotions they bring forth.

The sound of the group differs from most contemporary Bluegrass bands in that it has an older, starker, and rawer sound. Jenkins and Worrell use their voices as instruments as much as their guitars. The ability to swap back and forth from lead to harmony several times during the same song is part of their genius, which has been honed in over 45 years of practice and performance. Moreover, a short history and an explanation about each song is an important part of each show.

Audience reactions during their shows are almost always the same regardless of the venue. Following two hours of hand clapping, toe tapping, singing along, and wiping away tears, the audience always gives a standing ovation and is rewarded with an encore, sometimes two. Afterwards, Bill and the band "hang around", shake hands, sign autographs, and accept the well deserved kudos for a truly special event. The rapport is genuine both ways and they have developed a large group of loyal followers, including some who travel great distances to hear them play. As one longtime fan recently commented...."Their performance is not just another show, it is an experience that I would never miss".
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84 Roses
A Beautiful Life
A Little Boy Named Joe
A Mother's Purple Heart
A Time To Gather In
A Vision of Mother
All the Good Times are Past and Gone
Amazing Grace
Angel Band
Are You Afraid to Die
Ashes of Love
Baby Girl
Beautiful Brown Eyes
Before the Weekend Is Over
Beverly Hillbillies
Bible for a Roadmap
Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
Bright Morning Star
Cabin Home on the Hill
Canaan's Land
Careless Love
Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny
Children Born in Bethlehem
Climbing Jacob's Ladder
Clinch Mountain Backstep
Coming Soon
Cripple Creek
Don't Let Me Cross Love's Cheating Line
Down the Road
Dream of a Miner's Child
East Virginia Blues
Farewell Blues
Farther Along
Fireball Mail
Flood of '57
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet
Glory Bound Train
Gloryland
Go Home
God Gave You to Me
Gone Home
Guinea Man
Harbor of Love
Highway of Regret
Hot Corn, Cold Corn
I am Weary Let Me Rest
I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby
I Heard My Mother Weeping
I Know You're Married But I Love You Still
I Never Get to Hold You in My Arms Anymore
I Still Miss Someone
I Still Write Your Name In the Sand
If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
In a Land Where We Never Grow Old
In the Pines
Jack and Mae
Jacob's Vision
Jessee James
Jesus Savior Pilot Me
Jimmy Brown the Newsboy
Just a Pretender
Katy Kline
Knoxville Girl
Lamplighting Time in the Valley
Let the Sunshine In
Linda Lou
Little Bessie
Lonesome Old Home
Love Me Darling Just Tonight
Love Please Come Home
Loving You Too Well
Man of Constant Sorrow
Mary on the Wild Moor
Meet Me Tonight
Mighty Dark For Me to Travel
Mother's Bible
Mother's Not Dead She's Only Sleeping
Mountain Road
My Sinful Past
No School Bus in Heaven
O'Death
Old Daniel Prayed
Old Love Letters
Old Richmond Prison
Old Time Religion
One November in Dallas
Orphan Child
Path of Life
Paul and Silas
Pick a Bale of Cotton
Precious Lord
Pretty Little Miss
Pretty Polly
Rejoice Once More
Rock Salt and Nails
Roses for Mother
Roving Gambler
Ruben Had a Train
Salty Dog
Shake My Mother's Hand for Me
Shenandoah Waltz
Shouting on the Hills of Glory
Shucking the Corn
Single Girl
Single Girl Dim Lights and Smoke and Loud Loud Music
Sister Mary
Some Ole Day
Sonny and Hilda
Standing in the Need of Prayer
Stewball
Storms on the Ocean
Sunny Side of Life
Suppertime
Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong
That Lonesome Valley
The Beautiful Child with Butterfly Wings
The Corner of My Heart
The Fields Have Turned Brown
The Great Titanic
The Last Rites
The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake
The Old Country Church
The Old Crossroads
The Ramshackled Shack
The Rank Stranger
The Rose of My Heart
The Wayfaring Stranger
Tragedy at the Crossroads
Trail of Sorrow
Tramp on the Street
Traveling this Lonesome Road
Two Different Worlds
Up in Stoney Lonesome
Way Down Deep in My SoulLittle Brown Church in the Vale
Weeping WillowBeside a New Made Grave
When I Stop Dreamoing
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold
When We Die Where Do We Go
When You and I Were Young Maggie
Where the Soul Never Dies
White Dove
Who Will Call You Sweetheart
Who Will Sing for Me
Why Did I Wait So Long
Wildwood Flower
Will He Wait a Little Longer
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Will You Miss Me
Working on a Building
Working on a Building
Worried Man Blues
Worried Man's Blues
Wreck of Old 97
You Are My Flower
You Are My Sunshine
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Please note BILL JENKINS AND THE VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN BOYS will also travel to Hampton, Norfolk, Rescue, Suffolk, Carrollton, Yorktown, Battery Park, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Smithfield, Seaford, Naxera, Virginia Beach, Isle Of Wight, Lackey, Bena, Gloucester Point, Achilles, Maryus, Hayes, Severn, Surry, Wicomico, Windsor, Ordinary, Ivor, Bavon, Elberon, Shadow.
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