350 Park Street, Abingdon, VA

M-F: 5 - 9 pm, St: 1 - 9pm, Sn: 1 - 6pm


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Sulphur Springs String Dippers

September 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Sulphur Springs String Dippers are part of an ongoing, dynamic tradition of southern Appalachian music. The vehicle for their artistic expression is old-time fiddle music played, past and present, in the hills and hollows of western North Carolina and East Tennessee. Old-time music is the binder or the roux in the Sulphur Springs String Dippers performances, but the music is ever-evolving every time the duo hits the stage.

Ryan C. Bernard (banjo/guitar/vocals) grew up in upper east Tennessee and has lived in Nashville and Austin. Ryan has played traditional music since he was a young man. Leaning the
guitar from his father, Rex Bernard and later, the fiddle and banjo, on his own. While obtaining a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University in 2005-6, Ryan played in the old-time band in the E.T.S.U. Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music program. He has played in several string-bands in the region, most recently The Half-Runners. His research focus during his time at E.T.S.U. was the early commercial recordings of traditional, southern Appalachian music in the 1920s and 1930s. In 2010, he finished his Master’s degree in Library Science and has worked at King University since that time as an Assistant Professor and Librarian. In 2013, Ryan was part of curatorial team that designed the newly-constructed Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia.

Alex Ball (fiddle/mandolin/guitar/vocals) hails from North Carolina having lived in Greenville, Raleigh, Spruce Pine, and now calls Johnson City his home. Alex played in several bluegrass bands throughout his youth: Possum Creek Bluegrass Band, Boss Hawg, and Typical Mountain Boys. Alex studied with the late Billy Constable and also played with Cowboy Kent Louis from Texas. Alex arrived in Johnson City, Tennessee to study old-time music around 2011 at East Tennessee State University and has been playing with various string-bands since his arrival. Alex plays old-time, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and western swing with ease whether on the fiddle, mandolin, or guitar.


September 15, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Wolf Hills Brewing Co.