The Judy Chops Perform in Monterey February 11


The Highland County Arts Council’s Second Saturday @ 7 concert series kicks off 2023 with a performance by The Judy Chops.   Bill Howard is a singer, guitarist and songwriter for the band.

“Well, it’s always funny,” says Howard.  “We tend to get lumped into the, you know, the general Americana type category and then from there we’re pretty diverse.  A lot of people talk about how we’re kind of genre defying.  So, I usually say that we’re kind of an Americana jam band or sometimes Americana soul, we do a little bit of soul and blues and a lot of traditional tie-ins too.   We all grew up in the Appalachian musical tradition, so we kind of have a little bit of that influence mixed in there as well.”

Music Cut – “Ready My Heart”

“I write songs with the Murphy sisters, Molly and Sally Murphy, and the three of us all came from a really musical family,” says Howard.  “Their mom and dad were both musicians and my grandmother and mother and a lot of the folks in my family were guitarists and songwriters.  So definitely we’re kind of carrying on that legacy that was kind of built in our families.  It’s definitely important, I think, to all of us.”

Music Cut – “Good Days”

“This one will be a Valentine’s Day theme show, so we will have some love songs in there and our brand of love songs are kind of all aspects of love – good, bad and otherwise,” says Howard.  “So, you’ll have a little bit of all that to look forward to.  We primarily play our own original music.  So, it will be a lot of original tunes off our albums that we have put out over the years. We got a brand new album coming in June, so I’m sure we’ll be playing some of the tracks that will be coming off of that.  I’m sure we’ll mix in some fun covers and stuff like that for the festivities.”

The Judy Chops perform Saturday, February 11, at 7pm at The Highland Center in Monterey.  Admission is $10 at the door.

You can learn more about the band at

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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