Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys
Traditional Bluegrass, Old-Time Mountain Music, and Camp
Meeting Songs as They Were Meant to be Played.

L to R: Robert Cottingham (Mandolin), Ken Worrell (Guitar/Vocalist), Clyde Bailey
(Banjo/Vocalist), Bill Jenkins (Guitar/Vocalist), Joe Gilley (Guitar), Bill Collier (Bass)

What an outstanding 11 months it has been:

March 2014, Bill Jenkins and the Band were invited 
to play a 50th Anniversary Show at the 
National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

August 2014, Bill Jenkins was inducted into the 
Virginia Musical Museum
Hall of Fame

February 2015, Bill was honored by the State of 
  Virginia.  The Governor issued a Proclamation 
 and the House of Delegates and the Senate 
passed a Joint Resolution
in his honor.

If you click on the FACEBOOK link at the 
bottom of this page,you can see pictures 
                of all these events.             

              Sorry everyone could not attend the National Press Club show. 
              DVDs and CDs are now available on the DVD/CD Sales Page, 
            at the National Press Club, Amazon, and at our shows.
              I have uploaded 5 sample videos of 
        the National Press Club Show
        and some other shows.  

Click the box to watch:



      Bill Jenkins, 1964 at the
          National Press Club

     Future Performances: 

Sitter & Barfoot Virginia 
 Veteran Care Center
    Richmond, VA
2:00 P.M. March 7, 2015

Williamsburg Regional
Library Auditorium
    Williamsburg, VA
7:30 P.M. April 11, 2015

Rythym By the River
Bethany United Methodist 
Gloucester Point, VA
September 20, 2015

American Theatre
Hampton, VA
September 26, 2015

Newport News Fall
Newport News Park
October 3 & 4, 2015

The Virginia Mountain Boys is a
registered name solely owned by Bill Jenkins since 1971.
Videos are from the performances at:                                                                      
         National Press Club 2014, 
             American Theatre 2013
                 Williamsburg's First Night 2012

Jenkins, one of the best cross-picking guitarists in the country, has performed for over 56 years. He has played at the National Press Club and on the White House Lawn among other prime venues. The Band was honored to be invited back to the National Press Club on March 28, 2014 for a 50th Anniversary Show!  As far as we can determine, only one other person has ever been given the opportunity to have a 50th Anniversary show..........Jack Benny!

In August 2014, Bill was inducted into the Virginia Musical Museum Hall of Fame. His old guitar is in a glass case next to Ralph Stanley's banjo. The Hall of Fame only includes Virginians who have reached the top tier of their musical, gospel, bluegrass, jazz, popular, etc. Other distinguished member of the Hall include Wayne Newton, Roy Clark, Kate Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Patsy Cline, Bruce Hornsby, the Carter Family, Pearl Bailey, the Statler Brothers, Ralph Stanley, and a few others.

In honor of his induction into the Hall of Fame and for his long career promoting and preserving this old music, the Governor of Virginia issued a Proclamation in his honor and the House of Delegates and Senate passed a Joint Resolution which was presented in a ceremony in the Capitol Building in Richmond on Febuary 19th.

Singer, song-writer, and cross-picking guitar virtuoso Bill Jenkins and his 
string band, the Virginia Mountain Boys, bring to life the authentic ballads, camp meeting songs, and early Bluegrass favorites of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, in a style that is uniquely their own. Jenkins is backed up by Ken Worrell, singer and rhythm guitarist; Bill Collier on the bass fiddle; Robert Cottingham on the mandolin; and Joe Gilley on the guitar. The "world class" five-string banjo player, Clyde Bailey, contributes "breakdowns" and sings baritone with the band.
Truly unique harmonies, captivating arrangements, and a rollicking good time are the hallmark of Jenkins and his band which has some of the finest string musicians and vocalists in the USA. The group sounds different from typical bluegrass bands with an older, more stark, and more natural sound. No electrical cords are attached to their instruments and no fancy electronic devices alter their voices. Their voices are used as much or more than their guitars. The ancient ability to harmonize by swapping back and forth from lead to harmony several times during the same song is part of the genius of this group.
The band can perform over 500 songs from memory!!!The seldom heard but universally loved songs and ballads paint a picture of the lives of the immigrants and their descendants who eked out a hard scrabble living in the hills and hollows of the majestic Appalachians. Entertainment options were few and life could be cruel. Musical instruments were either home-made or not used, so the emphasis was on the voice. An explanation about the songs is an important educational part of each show.
Audience reaction to the show is always enthusiastic. Many travel great distances to hear them play. After the show, Bill and the group will "hang around", shake hands, sign autographs, and accept well deserved kudos for a truly special event. The rapport is genuine in both directions and they have developed a large group of loyal followers. As one long time follower stated, ".....the Virginia Mountain Boys don't just put on a show, it is an experience that I will come back for time after time."
So come hear Bill and his "Boys" at their next concert and help them keep this traditional music alive.We guarantee that you will want to clap your hands, tap your feet, sing along, and occasionally wipe a tear.

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