Silly Ridge Round Up had Town Square in Highlands packed on Friday jamming songs about coal mines and classics like the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil.” Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys will perform at Friday Night Live from 6-8 p.m. at Town Square in Highlands on Oct. 5.
The Dixie Bluegrass Boys trace their band’s origins to 1960, when 17-year-old Curtis Blackwell and two other young men in Toccoa, Georgia, won a radio talent contest. Brothers Curtis and Haskell Blackwell and their friend Junior Crowe (who would grow up to be the father of bluegrass’ famous Crowe Brothers) were awarded the top prize, a chance to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Four others were quickly added to the band, including bass player Sam Cobb, who is still with the Dixie Bluegrass Boys.
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