[VIDEO] Continuing Fauquier’s legacy of old-time music
Tuesday, May. 27
From left to right: Kevin Roop (guitar), Rhys Jones (fiddle), Jason Ashby (banjo) on the porch of a cabin that they often play in to entertain family and friends.
Photo by Adam Goings
Rhys Jones was excited to move to Fauquier County, because he had learned about its rich musical history throughout his life.
He grew up listening to his parents play the old time string band tunes of John Ashby and the Free State Ramblers and learned to play many of the songs himself on the fiddle.
“The name Fauquier County is known far and wide because of John Ashby, Ronnie Poe and the Free State Ramblers,” said Jones. “I’d never lived in Virginia before. I grew up in West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Alabama and all over. But, anytime you go where there’s old time music being played, you hear about one of the great, historically and musically important bands- the Free State Ramblers.”
(Read the rest of the story in Fauquier Time's brand new magazine, inFauquier, out this June.)
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