Hooked on Bluegrass

Victor Dowdy

I started out playing music when I was about sixteen years old, but started listening when I was about four years old. My mom and dad were big bluegrass fans, and that’s all they have ever listened to. We lived in the rural part of a little village called Salem Virginia. They took me to a show at a little community over on the next ridge from where we lived called Catawva Valley Virginia. There was little social church there where every Saturday and Sunday folks would gather up and bluegrass would be played.

Ever since I heard that music I wanted to be part of it. Ralph and Carter Stanley, and Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs are some of the people that used to play there. Then my older brother Robert started playing banjo and had a little band, and that really inspired me to play more.

(posted 2/8/2010)

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