The Martha Spencer Band Performs in Monterey May 8

The Martha Spencer Band will perform in Monterey Saturday night.  As part of the Highland County Arts Council’s Second Saturday at Seven concert series, Martha Spencer will perform a mix of roots, country and mountain music.  Spencer is a singer songwriter and dancer from Whitetop Mountain Virginia near the North Carolina and Tennessee borders.  She has performed all across the United States and also in Australia and Europe.

“Music has always just been a key part of my life,” says Spencer.  “My family played music.  I think in our area it’s just a kind of a fabric of everyday life.   So, something I just loved.  There’s always jams and a lot of my family were instrument builders or played music for enjoyment, but I also just love to perform.  It’s always just been, I guess, kind of like something I’ve always known and I enjoy trying to bring joy and carry on some tradition.”

Song clip:  Rambling Woman

“We’ve got a variety of some older songs that I grew up with,” says Spencer.  “I always like to kind of carry on older songs.  Some of those people are no longer with us, but I think a little part of them lives on in song.  People can expect some dancing.  I like to do flatfoot dancing.  I grew up doing a lot of clogging and flatfooting.  Maybe some lively songs, get people’s toes tapping.”

The Martha Spencer Band performs Saturday, May 8 at 7pm at the Highland Center in Monterey.    Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Highland County Arts Council’s website at  The show will also be streamed live on the Arts Council’s Facebook page.

The Highland County Arts Council is a supporter of Allegheny Mountain Radio.

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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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