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The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters

Dennis Hall, Galax, Virginia, guitar
Eddie Bond, Fries, Virginia, fiddle
Dallas Hall, Galax, Virginia, mandolin
Jesse Morris, Elk Creek, Virginia, bass
Wayne "Peco" Watson, Galax, Virginia, banjo
—Out of the great tradition of old-time string bands from the area around Galax, Virginia, the New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters are one of the hottest bands in the area. They won the Old-Time band competition at the 1999 and 2000 Galax Old Fiddler's Convention. Their name comes from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax-area band of the 1930s.
The New Southern Ramblers (with Ralph Blizard)

Ralph Blizard, Blountville, Tennessee, fiddle
John Herrmann, Asheville, North Carolina, bass
Gordy Hinners, Weaverville, North Carolina, banjo
Phil Jamison, Asheville, North Carolina, guitar
John Lilly, Charleston, West Virginia, mandolin
—One of the great Southern string bands today is Ralph Blizard (born 1918) and the New Southern Ramblers. Blizard, from Blountville, Tennessee, is an acknowledged master and one of the great fiddlers playing in the longbow style. He is the recipient of a National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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