Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Steve & Penny Kilby

Last week I was invited to join several neighbors and friends for a house concert featuring the music of Steve & Penny Kilby.

Steve was born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, into a musical family. Steve said he grew up so far back in the sticks that even the Episcopalians handled snakes! He and Penny, who now live in Virginia, entertained us with superb renditions of traditional mountain songs and bluegrass tunes.

Photo by Debbie Leonard

Steve began playing the guitar at age twelve and was taught his first chords by his grandmother and his first tunes and songs by his grandfather, a fine old-time fiddler and banjoist. Steve has won many awards for his guitar playing, including the North Carolina state championship at Cool Springs School and first place at the 1970 and 1980 Galax Old Fiddlers' Conventions. He was also the "best all-around performer" at Galax in 1980. Steve, later a resident of Piney Creek, North Carolina, can also play the mandolin, mandola, and banjo.

It was a fine evening of some of the best old-time mountain music I've ever heard. Many thanks to Debbie & Neal for hosting the event!

Steve & Penny's License Plate

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  1. Anonymous1:06 PM

    Sorry, this question is far off today's subject. Are businesses beginning to close for the season or are most continuing open at least through October? Some potential visitors have asked about that. Thanks.

    1. 'Most everything is still open. The majority of businesses don't close for the season until Thanksgiving...some, like Village Craftsmen, stay open even longer.