WEST JEFFERSON — The Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series continues with The Elkville String Band on Friday, Aug. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m.
The Elkville String Band consists of Herb Key (guitar and vocals), Jim Lloyd (banjo and vocals), Trevor McKenzie (fiddle and vocals) and Bill Williams (harmony singing and bass).
The band was originally formed in 2001 and performs old-time mountain music traditional to Western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia. They released their album “Over The Mountain” in Nov. 2008.
The Elkville String Band served as the house band for Wilkes Playmakers’ annual production of “Tom Dooley, A Wilkes County Legend” for four years. The group won two Paul Green Multimedia Awards presented by The North Carolina Society of Historians, Inc. for the play’s music.
The band is named for the town of Elkville, now known as Ferguson, located in Wilkes County which is the birth place of Tom Dooley, who was convicted of murdering Laura Foster in 1866 and was later hanged in 1868.
The Backstreet Park Concert Series showcases traditional, old time, and bluegrass music on most Friday nights from 5:30- 7 p.m., May through September.
The Series will continue through Sept. 4 with:
•The Grayson Highlands Band on Friday, Aug. 21.
•Claybank on Friday, Aug. 28.
•Zephyr Lightning Bolts on Friday, Sept. 4.
The event is sponsored by community organizations and admission is free.
For more information about the Elkville String Band, contact Bill Williams at 336-838-4526 or by email at [email protected]
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.