Yes, that was Martha Spencer of Grayson County’s White Top Mountain Band jamming with other musicians outside the country store Friday evening.
Visitors to the Blue Ridge Muse studio at the Village Green know that Martha is one of my favorite subjects. I’ve photographed her many times and it was a pleasant surprise to see her at the Country Store Friday night along with Jackson Cunningham, the White Top mandolin player and, we understand, Martha’s fiance.. They played the second set with Mac Traynham and stuck around until the wee hours, playing music and dancing in the streets.
The White Top Mountain Band, which is the Spencer family’s band, will be at the country store next month for a Friday Night concert.
If you haven’t heard the band or watched this girl play the fiddle (and just about any other musical instrument you stick in her hands), you ‘ve missed watching a master musician and singer at work. She is a show unto herself and the sparkplug of any band she plays with.
She also is a bundle of unbridled energy that puts on one heck of a show that should never be missed.
Martha Spencer and the White Top Mountain Band. Be sure to catch them the next time you’re in town.
Speaking of music, if you in Floyd tonight (Saturday), be sure to catch Abe Goorsky’s Accoustic Review at Oak Grove Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Muse is one of the sponsors of their appearance. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.