“We play there every year,” said Jay Adams, banjo player with the group.

Although he lives in Pine Hall, N.C., Adams said he visits Stuart “at least once a week. We’ve got a lot of friends and fans in Stuart. It’s hard not to make a lot of musical acquaintances” in Patrick County, considering the amount of talent here, he said.

Adams’ earliest influences in bluegrass music were pioneers in the field, and included the likes of Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Reno & Smiley.

Adams started playing the banjo when he was about 16, and after joining into the US Marine Corps, used his enlistment bonus to buy his first Gibson Mastertone.

Adams performed played part-time with several groups through the years. He also wrote gospel songs and helped found Rich In Tradition in 2006.

The band is “a product of one of the most fertile grounds of traditional bluegrass, gospel and old-time music in the world; the Mt. Airy – Galax areas of northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia,” according to online information.

In addition to Adams, other members include Greg Jones, Ronnie Edwards, Jake Harbour and Sidney Watson.

Jones, who plays the mandolin and…

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