Mac Traynham is an accomplished fiddler and banjo player as well as a fine guitar player and singer. Influenced by well known and obscure musicians of the past, Mac has developed a hard-driving style of playing which keeps the rhythm going strongly and delights dancers! He teaches at numerous music camps and has won many ribbons from various Fiddler’s Conventions.
Jenny plays clawhammer banjo with a strong sense of rhythm as well as solid old time back-up guitar. She and Mac have played tunes and sung old songs together for over 30 years. Jenny has also taught at music camps and she and Mac have performed for many concerts, benefits, and other community and church functions.
Bill has been playing his instruments in a variety of styles for many years – playing steel guitar for Western Swing and classic Nashville country bands and playing Dobro and rhythm guitar in many local bluegrass bands. At the present time he plays Dobro with the Java Brothers from Radford , Va. He also plays a variety of finger-style guitar music which is heavily influenced by Merle Travis , Chet Atkins , and Doc Watson. Before retiring into the land of music , Bill was an elementary school teacher in Floyd County for twenty years.
David started teaching at 15 years old. He has worked in music stores and teaching studios ever since. David is currently teaching on Thursdays and accepting students for Bluegrass Banjo, Bluegrass Guitar and Mandolin.
Avery Davis, a classically trained fiddle player, enjoys writing, playing and performing any style of music, but bluegrass is her true love. In her young career, she has been taught by locals and legends alike, including the New River Valley’s own David Ehrlich (world renowned concertmaster, soloist and instructor) and Daniel Carwile (U.S. Grand Master Fiddle Champion, singer, songwriter and teacher). Avery loves to pick a good fiddle tune as much as she enjoys providing the more lyrical back up sounds as part of a band. Avery is a long time member of local bluegrass band “Crossties”, has played with The Loose Strings Band from Galax, and is currently a member of a classic rock duo known as “2nd & Kent”. She has performed at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Richard Leigh Songwriter’s Festival, Dollywood, Richmond International Raceway and International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) showcases, among many others. Avery’s musical talents and techniques, combined with her friendly, easy going personality make for the kind of unintimidating and fun learning environment students love.
Scott is an accomplished bluegrass guitarist and songwriter. He has recorded acoustic guitar on 7 projects and is credited as a producer on 3 albums over the last 15 years. He’s written several songs recorded by artist’s on major record labels. Most notably a song called “Jesus Walk Beside Me” on the Darin & Brooke Aldridge album “So Much In Between” (2011), released on the Crossroads/Mountain Home record label. Also, more recently, a song co-written with Jeff McClellan called “A Better Game” was released as a single in August of 2016 by Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome. Scott got his start playing bluegrass music with his grandfather, Shelby Vest, on the streets of Floyd, Virginia. This experience gave him a genuine passion for passing along the tradition of bluegrass music to others.
Jay grew up in Spray, NC (now known as Eden, NC). His first influences in bluegrass music were Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Reno & Smiley, all the pioneers of Bluegrass music. Around the age of 16, Jay began playing banjo with the help of Kerwin Smith, a cabinet maker from Shiloh, NC. After high school Jay enlisted into the US Marines and used his enlistment bonus to buy his first Gibson Mastertone, an RB-250. Jay played part-time with several groups through the years, wrote gospel songs that would be recorded, and was one of the founders of Rich In Tradition in 2006. Jay lives in Pine Hall, NC with his wife Teresa and 2 daughters, Ellie and Katie, and is a dedicated member of Floyd Baptist Church.