"LAUREL CREEK" MUSIC TELLS A STORY - At Bear Fork Trading Post Tonight


It will be another big music night at one of the areas best venues, the Bear Fork Trading Post, located on US 33-119 east of Arnoldsburg. Laurel Creek will be appearing tonight starting at 7 p.m. Adult admission is only $5.

The Laurel Creek bluegrass band is a group of four friends who have played together as a hobby for several years. The band has played at fairs and festivals and often contributes its efforts to benefit community events.

Laurel Creek's musical arrangements feature structured harmony, the members present music that tells a story, particularly stories of local interest with a touch of nostalgia. Gospel music is another strong interest of the group.

Band members include lead singer and guitarist Dave Powell, who comes from a strong heritage of bluegrass music. He still plays occasionally with the Powell Family Band.

Dave lives in Pleasants County with his wife, Tammy, and three daughters. He is employed as Manager, Planning and Logistics, for Cytec Industries, Inc. and has responsibilities in this country and in Europe. Dave is the music director at his church.

Banjo player and tenor, Jeff Williamson, has played and recorded with other bluegrass bands. Residing in Williamstown with his wife, Lori, and son and daughter, Jeff has found time to assist with coaching football teams and helping with other youth and community activities. He is vice president of Estimating and Project Development for Davis-Pickering & Company, Inc.

Mark Bailey, who plays acoustic and electric bass, is the owner and operator of the Bank Barber Shop in St. Marys, West Virginia. He is active in civic and church work, and has served as President of the Pleasants County Commission. Mark and his wife, Robin, are the parents of two sons. He was formerly a member of the Carriers gospel group, and adds his bass voice on gospel selections. Mark has varied musical interests and especially enjoys playing his cello.

Mandolin player and baritone, Larry Gainer, is retired from a career as an administrator for the Pleasants County Schools. He and his wife, Sharon, continue to reside in the county where he serves the community as Executive Director of the Pleasants County Development Authority. Larry previously played guitar with the Spencer Family Band.

March 10 - Taylor Made
March 17 - Foggy River Boys
March 24 - Beyond Calvary
March 31 - Verlin Belcher Band

April 7 - Vaughan Family Bluegrass
April 14 - Bluegrass Bandits
April 21 - Fine Cut Grass
April 28 - Stoney Creek