Whitewater Junction

Location: R.A. Fountain

Whitewater Junction’s Thursday night bluegrass concert will be the first the band has played since its founder, Sam Groves, passed away on July 6. Groves, the multi-talented Martin County picker, started the first Ridgeway Opry House in Ridgeway, and the Wise Opry in Wise. He played banjo, guitar, and mandolin with the Martin County Circuit Riders before forming Whitewater Junction five years ago.

“Sam would have wanted us to keep on playing,” said Robin Gill, who sings, plays rhythm guitar, and writes most of the band’s original songs.

Matt Groves, Sam’s 15-year-old grandson, plays mandolin in the band. “He can play just about anything he picks up,” said Gill. “On mandolin, he’s something else.”

Susan Harris sings and plays bass and Gordon Gray plays lead guitar.

Whitewater Junction plays traditional and original bluegrass and bluegrass gospel. Their July 26 concert is free and begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tags: bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, Concert, tradtional bluegrass