New River Valley Bluegrass – online audio stream

The New River is legendary in bluegrass and old time music, primarily through the song New River Train. The river actually flows quite near where I live, and I cross over it regularly traveling south on I-81 from Roanoke – headed that way shortly, in fact.

When I discovered a 24/7 online bluegrass audio feed called New River Valley Bluegrass, I figured they must be neighbors, only to find that the stream is operated in Ocala, FL by Dennis Quesenberry. He plays traditional and contemporary bluegrass, and the whole project is a labor of love for this retired transportation manager and world traveler who grew up in a family of bluegrass musicians.

We caught up with Dennis late last week to find out a bit about this venture – and how a Floridian chose to name his Internet station for a river in Virginia.

“I am from the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia. Many great musicians and great songs came from Galax, Roanoke and or Wytheville…..Like bisquits and gravy….

I have been streaming Nrvbluegrass since July 2007. The music I play is what I would call straight up bluegrass….music that has been flavored or influenced by Martin, Monroe, The Stanleys, Reno&Smiley and like. I try to play some of the most current flavored with classics of the past and occasional great Gospel.

I do not charge to provide this site, but ocassionally I advertise festivals for the largest promoters around the country to help with costs.”

You can check out New River Valley Bluegrass at

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.