Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys
Traditional Bluegrass, Old-Time Mountain Music, and Camp
Meeting Songs as They Were Meant to be Played.
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KEN WORRELL- Guitar and Vocals

Born in Edenton, North Carolina, Ken developed a love for music at a very early age. He sang his first solo in church at the age of 4. At the age of 12, he learned a few song on an old Silvertone baritone ukulele, which belonged to his uncle, Sam Morris, who was one of his biggest inspiration to become a musician. Although bluegrass and country were his favorite music, in high school Ken played in “THE SOUNDS UNLIMITED BAND”, playing the top tunes of the day. When he moved to Gloucester Virginia, bluegrass fever took over, and his passion for this type of music has never waned.

The 40 year friendship with his mentor Bill Jenkins has helped Ken run full circle in  the bluegrass field from playing banjo and guitar with “J.D. GILLEY and the EAST VIRGINIA STRING BAND”  to being a promoter in the Tidewater area.  He along with Jean Pearce, brought many talented local and regional bands to local venues.

The urge to sing and play returned just in time for Ken to join Bill Jenkins and Bill Collier as “ BILL JENKINS  and the VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN BOYS”.  This band takes the traditional and bluegrass fans for a ride down memory lane.  Ken’s smooth singing style and harmonies makes him a driving force in the band’s soulful sound. 

BILL COLLIER –Upright Bass

Born in Rome, Georgia, Bill’s interest in music began around an old upright piano singing hymns while his mother played as well as listening to gospel quartet music and the Grand Ole Opry on the radio. After graduating from high school, Bill moved to Newport News to attend the Apprentice School at the Shipyards. His musical interests waned for many years because of his career, marrying Vera and starting a family. Later, when time allowed, he and Vera started hosting a weekly Saturday night jam for local and regional musicians and bands near their home which lasted for almost 5 years. He bought an old bass fiddle and over a relatively long period of time finally learned to play.

Bill began attending Bluegrass festivals giving him the opportunity to meet fellow musicians and make other contacts that led to  MC’ing at the “Amelia Festival”, the “Yorktown Coast Guard Festival” and many local events. Bill has been a MC for the nationally-recognized “Cabin Fever” event held yearly in Hampton, Virginia.

Besides being a long-time member of the Virginia Mountain Boys, Bill has appeared with numerous bands such as “BLUE RIVER”, “LOW PROFILE”, “BILL JENKINS, JASON SKINNER and DEAR OLE DIXIE”, “OLE HAT”, and ‘GOLDWING EXPRESS”. Bill has performed at the World Trade Center in Baltimore, Maryland and numerous cities in Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

His deep sense of timing and rhythm, integral to the sound of the Virginia Mountain Boys, is a result of his dedication to his craft and his past experiences with many different bands including playing for many years with Bill Jenkins.

CLYDE BAILEY-Banjo and Vocals

Raised in Keysville, Virginia, Clyde received his musical abilities and influences from his Dad’s side of the family.  He learned the guitar from his Dad, but while playing in the family band he also moved to the banjo.

Around 1978, Clyde began playing the banjo for “APPALACHIAN EXPRESS”,  an award winning band formed in rural Southern  Virginia by Cindy West. Additionally, he free-lanced with other groups including “THE COUNTRY GENTLEMEN”, “BILL HARRELL”, “JEANNETTE WILLIAMS”, “KENNY EPPS”, “CHIEF POWHATAN”, “KENNY and WARREN BLAIR”, “ GEORGE THOMAS and FRIENDS” and “NORTHRIDGE” just to mention a few. He and Vernon Hughes teamed up with Michelle Nixon to start a very successful local group called “LOCAL EXCHANGE” . They played together for seven years.

Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe and Sonny Osborne are the banjo players that have been the most influential in the development of Clyde’s style. Clyde currently plays a 1963 Gibson RB250 Flathead banjo, a 1947 Martin D18 guitar, a custom Arnold guitar and a custom F5 style mandolin. No doubt one of his favorite hobbies besides farming is collecting old instruments.  Clyde’s favorite song isn’t a Bluegrass tune, it’s Louis Armstrong’s version of “What a wonderful world”.

Clyde currently resides in Amelia, Virginia with his wife Sue and  their son Christopher, who all attend Sandy Creek Baptist Church.  

Christopher is an up and coming singer and mandolin player, who occasionally performs with the band.  Recently, Christopher appeared with the band at Williamsburg’s First Night 2012 Celebration. His performance was recorded  and appears on You Tube.

 JOE GILLEY-Guitar

Although born in Newport News, Virginia, Joe’s roots are in Henry County where his Father’s family still lives.  Joe’s Father, J.D. Gilley, played old time mandolin music and was well versed in the mountain ways. Joe played bass in his Father’s band “J.D. GILLEY and the EAST VIRGINIA STRING BAND”. Joe is a noted and gifted artist.