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Old-Time Dance with The New Smokey Valley Boys
January 20 @ 7:30 pm| $8.00
Join us Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm for a special Old-Time Dance with The New Smokey Valley Boys. Admission is $8 at the door.
The New Smokey Valley Boys are a group of young men who have come together to honor one of old time music’s greatest string bands. The original group based out of Surry County, NC, was led by the late Benton Flippen and Paul Sutphin from the 1970s all the way through to Flippen’s death in 2011. Though various members came and went, the group was known for its hard driving square dance style, and received numerous awards over the decades. Along the way Benton invited younger folks to be a part of his group, including members of the New Smokey Valley Boys. Andy Edmonds was a member of Benton’s group for 12 years and learned to fiddle directly under the guidance of Flippen. Kevin Fore also played with Benton for numerous years and provided a solid Round Peak banjo sound for the band. Wes Clifton comes from a long line of musicians, including his legendary grandfather Verlen Clifton. Wes played in the Smokey Valley Boys the last few years of Benton’s life. Todd Hiatt also comes from a very musical family, and adds mandolin to the band in true Surry County fashion. Though these guys have played together for years in various combinations, this group is dedicated to reviving a particular sound that once dominated the old time scene.