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. 

 



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-Bass Fiddle



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. 



Steve Hunley-Mandolin



Steve comes from a family of bluegrass musicians. He played his fist bluegrass festival as the bass player in his fathers bluegrass band at the age of twelve. After learning to play guitar he decided to switch to rock and played in several bands throughout the years. After graduating medical school he decided to return to his roots and picked up the mandolin this time. Mostly playing at local jams and bluegrass music associations he decided to get more serious about his mandolin playing and attended the Mandolin Symposium in Santa Cruz California. Energized by this experience he decided to join Sawgrass Revival a Florida panhandle bluegrass and gospel band that went on to win multiple instrumental and vocal contest in Alabama and Florida. In 2008 he won the Florida state mandolin championship. His desire to continue to grow as a musician resulted in the formation of the band Trugrass composed of some of his favorite local musicians and quickly became one the most popular bluegrass bands in the Pensacola Florida area. A career change brought him to Williamsburg Virginia where he met Bill Jenkins and found a new home with the Virginia Mountain Boys.  



 
BILL COLLIER –Upright Bass (Now Deceased)



Bill Collier passed away in 2016 but will remain a member of the band as long as our cd's are 
                                                  played and our videos are watched. 


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. Bill retired from the band due to poor health and passed away in 2016.