The Back Creek Valley Boys – Pickin' in the Panhandle and the debut of fiddle player Wayne Masters

The Back Creek Valley Boys have posted blogs on their MySpace page with updates about Pickin’ in the Panhandle and the addition of fiddle player Wayne Masters.  Here are excerpts from the blog updates:

The Back Creek Valley Boys had a GREAT time Saturday at Pickin’ in the Panhandle – the West Virginia State BBQ & Bluegrass Festival. The event was handled very professionally and was well promoted. The festival drew a big crowd, but the atmosphere was very friendly and perfect for a weekend of bluegrass music.

We played on the Pickin’ Porch stage twice on Saturday. We tended to hang out there most of the time when we weren’t playing – because the other bands there were excellent. We heard some very impressive traditional bluegrass, as well as some young kids who were almost too good on their instruments. It was great to hear.

We visited the main stage a few times to check out the bands there. We preferred the more traditional groups that played straight-up bluegrass on the main stage, but they all seemed to put on a great show. The crowd loved it.

Earlier in the day, there was a pretty good crowd at the festival. It was crowded in certain areas, but there was still open spaces to go and listen to the music from a distance. As evening approached, the grounds filled up in anticipation of the more well-known acts and headliners. Still, the crowd was very friendly from what we encountered.

The food was excellent, and the vendors were great. In addition to doing an excellent job of promoting bluegrass, the Convention & Visitors Bureau also provided a great outlet for the vendors and sponsors who support bluegrass music and festivals. You couldn’t ask for better.

The Back Creek Valley Boys also were proud to introduce our new fiddle player at the festival… WAYNE MASTERS.

Wayne jammed with us at Cactus Flats last Sunday, and we welcomed him into the band on Friday.  The next day, Wayne joined us for his first official show – at our biggest show yet – Pickin’ in the Panhandle!

Between shows on Saturday, Wayne entered the fiddle contest and won second place.  We told him that he should go to school and become a classically-trained violinist so that he can take first prize at festival competitions.   But until then, we’re happy with second place out of the entire festival.  Not too bad…

We ended our second set by featuring Wayne on “The Orange Blossom Special”.  Wayne won over the crowd effortlessly!

Wayne is an old-time fiddle player from Bakersville, North Carolina.  He now makes his home in Clear Spring, Maryland.

We hope you’ll come out to our upcoming shows and join us in welcoming Wayne!