State Theatre Presents – “Turkey Ridge String Band with Special Guests Brian and Alex Taylor”
Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $12 advance/$15 at the door
Co-sponsored by Belmont Farms Distillery and Ginger Hills Antiques
Where/ what is Turkey Ridge? There are two in the area. One is Turkey Ridge Road near the Culpeper-Rappahannock border. The other is in Madison. In 2011 newly retired Rappahannock School Superintendent Bob Chappell moved from Rappahannock where he lived near Turkey Ridge Road to another Turkey Ridge on the Clore Rd in Madison County. So when he chose a name for his new Americana / Bluegrass band, it was natural that he settled on â??Turkey Ridge.â?
Turkey Ridge Band members all reside in the local area: Culpeper resident / Nurse Practitioner Brenda Jeffries, the bandâ??s lead vocalist and bass player, works at Madison Family Physicians. Dan Lewis, who plays lead guitar and according to Chappell â??warbles some great tunes,â? is the co-owner of Ginger Hill Antiques in Washington, VA. Chappell, Jeffries and Lewis are the groupâ??s original members. Culpeperâ??s Marie Fox, who became the bandâ??s banjo player in Dec. 2012, is an artist, beekeeper, and avid farmer. Longtime Culpeper resident, technology guru, and former music store owner Tad Loving is the bandâ??s newest member. Tad plays mandolin and also picks some cool leads on the guitar.
Chappell, who plays guitar and bass and performs some Elvis and Johnny Cash covers, is known in the Madison area as the â??6-month Principalâ? of MCHS serving in that interim role from January â?? June of this year. Chappell is the link between Turkey Ridge and special guests Brian and Alexandra Taylor, and will perform with both groups at the State Theatre on July 12.
Brian Taylor started Hollowbound Bluegrass in 2004 upon graduating from Rappahannock before heading to VA Tech for his freshman year. Chappell, Rappâ??s School Superintendent 2003-10, was an original Hollowbound member. Hollowbound cut a demo CD of Brianâ??s originals with Celtic musician Brooke Parkhurst in 2004. Brian met his future wife, Alexandra Davis, when both were members of the Marching Virginiansâ?? tuba line. When Brian and Alex married in 2009, she became the Hollowboundâ??s lady vocalist/bass player. Alex is a music teacher with the Warren County Schools. Brian, who sings tenor and plays banjo, worked for several years as a loan officer with Culpeper Farm Credit and now is the General Manager of TG Taylor Construction in Sperryville. Holllowband disbanded in 2012 when the Taylors started a family with the birth of their son, Lane.
Turkey Ridge played at the State Theatre for a special event in December. â??Weâ??re excited to return to the State Theatre,â? says Chappell, â??and weâ??re really amped to have a reunion with two of bluegrassâ?? brightest young performers, Brian and Alex Taylor.â?