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May 29, 2021

The Wayback Machine: Ronnie Poe’s pickin’ parties

Click above to watch this Richmond TV station’s feature story about the bluegrass jams at Ronnie Poe’s garage near Amissville.
This one comes from The Wayback Machine.

A couple days ago on Facebook, Tim Kreh shared this Richmond TV station’s story from three decades ago about bluegrass pickin’ parties a few miles west of Warrenton.

It happened every Thursday night for decades in Ronnie Poe’s garage near Amissville. The late Ted Kreh — Tim’s father — played a leading role with guitar, mandolin and his voice as a member of the Shenandoah Travelers.

Mr. Poe ran Old Town Texaco in Warrenton, where he pumped gas and keep loyal patrons’ vehicles running — long after other mechanics would have given up or charged more than many could afford.

A self-taught banjo virtuoso, Mr. Poe passed away in 2012 at age 79.

The Red Truck Bakery operates in the former gas station at Ashby and Waterloo streets.

But, the music lives as dozens of pickers who developed their licks at that simple backyard garage off Route 211 keep playing traditional bluegrass.
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