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GSC Bluegrass Band to Record CD


For more information:
Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-7361ext. 6390

Glenville, WV—The ever expanding list of accomplishments by the members of the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band will soon include their very own CD. Around twenty current and former members of the band will travel to meet in Tennessee briefly after graduation to record their first CD at the studios of Blue Circle Records owned by the legendary song writer and singer Tom. T. Hall and his wife Dixie.

The group will stop in Auburn, Kentucky on Friday and Saturday, May 18th and 19th to perform at a bluegrass festival. They will arrive in Nashville on May 20th for a tour of Music City. The band will spend the next three days recording at Blue Circle Records in Franklin, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville.

The GSC Bluegrass Band is heading to Nashville, Tennessee to cut their first CD. Pictured left to right; (front row) senior Carol Belknap of Gassaway (Braxton County), West Virginia, sophomore Ryan Spangenberg of Madison, Ohio, former member Trish Cottrill of Glenville, (back row)freshman Robbie Mann of Berkeley Springs (Berkeley County), West Virginia, freshman Laiken Boyd of Cameron (Marshall County), West Virginia, freshman Jordan Young of Beckley (Raleigh County), West Virginia, freshman Toni Doman of Cameron (Marshall County), West Virginia, and sophomore Richie Jones of Alum Bridge (Lewis County), West Virginia.

GSC freshman Laiken Boyd of Cameron (Marshall County), West Virginia came to Glenville State College because of the bluegrass music program. She plays fiddle, guitar, bass, and sings for the GSC Bluegrass Band. “I have really enjoyed my first year at GSC. I am looking forward to the new challenges and experiences that our recording sessions will present us,” she said.

The Halls are providing studio time and engineering service at no cost to the GSC Bluegrass Band. GSC Alum Rebekha Long, the first graduate of the GSC Bluegrass Music Degree Program, works for Blue Circle Records as a studio engineer and graphic designer and will be working on the project. The band will have to pay to have the CDs produced and designed. The band has worked extremely hard this year to save money for this exciting project.

“Part of the history of our Bluegrass Program has been to perform and learn from some of the legendary people in the industry. This amazing opportunity to work with the Halls will add to the prestige of the GSC Bluegrass Program. It will also serve as a good transition for me taking over the program from the wonderful job that retiring Buddy Griffin has done,” said Megan Darby, Director of the GSC Bluegrass Degree Program.

The CD will include two original Tom T. and Dixie Hall songs as well as traditional bluegrass from Lester Flatt, the late Earl Scruggs, the Carter Family, Jimmy Martin, and others.  CDs should be available for purchase at the annual GSC Bluegrass Band Concert on October 23, 2012.

This will be an expensive endeavor for the bluegrass band. Any donations from the GSC community for this project will be greatly appreciated.  Anyone who would like to make a monetary donation or provide food and snacks for the trip should contact Darby at or call (304) 462-6347.

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