Linda Lay and Springfield Exit kick off the June Bluegrass Series at the Capitol.
Doors Open at 6:00PM
Lonesome Pine Opening at 7:00PM
Linda Lay & SpringField Exit at 8:00PM.
Linda Lay grew up in a family band playing with her dad since the early age of eight. She spent countless hours at the Carter Fold in Hiltons, VA dancing and listening to the bands. She was a founding member of the group Appalachian Trail which performed for over 20 years. She has been a featured vocalist and bass player for The Masters of the Steel String Guitar Tour in 1999 and 2000. She was an artist on four recording projects for Cracker Barrel Country Stores Heritage Series which featured two releases for Stony Point Quartet, a Linda’s Mercantile recording and a group project for Springfield Exit. She has recorded with Sammy Shelor for the Crooked Road Series and was an artist on the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year with the Daughters of Bluegrass.
David Lay, being the son of a United Methodist Minister, grew up listening to Southern Gospel groups at camp meetings and places that his father preached. He learned guitar at an early age but put the instrument down while he farmed and raised his family. When he met Linda he was playing bass for a gospel group. Shortly after their marriage in 1997 he joined her group Appalachian Trail and went back to playing guitar. Appalachian Trail traveled to festivals and venues and he and Linda left the group to start their group Springfield Exit. David was the rhythm guitar player for several of the artist on the Masters of the Steel String Guitar Tour. They have been fortunate to travel the United States and overseas with their music.
Rusty Ferrell learned to play at the early age of 5. He grew up in Rogersville and learned to play banjo and guitar. He began his career playing with his family band and then went on to play banjo for Blue Moon Rising and Cody Schuler and Pine Mountain Railroad. Since Linda and David moved back from Winchester, VA he has been playing the local events with group. He is a dynamic, energetic banjo player and compliments the band very well.
Eric McMurray hails from Hiltons, VA and has been playing 40 years. Banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass have all been mastered by Eric. An engineer by trade and education, Eric has always been involved playing music locally, including playing with Linda and David in the band Appalachian Trail. Other bands include, The Scott County Boys, Moccasin Gap, High Test Grass and Turkey Creek. Eric is currently teaching guitar, mandolin and fiddle passing along his talents to the younger generations.