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On every other Thursday, a garage at Mattaponi, near West Point, becomes the Dew Drop Inn, with more than a dozen bluegrass musicians taking turns at the front of the stage.

John Howard Walton said it all started about 11 years ago with a few musicians in his kitchen. They outgrew that and moved to the garage—he eventually had to enlarge that to hold all the music lovers. “This has filled up again. I’m running out of room,” he said.

Audience members bring covered dishes for the supper. They visit and talk, catch up on the news. Coffee and soft drinks are the strongest drinks you’ll find.

Musicians travel from as far as Maryland, Richmond and Newport News to be part of this down-home good time.

Joseph Edwards’ band, Easy Street, plays all types of music, but he prefers the “hard driving” bluegrass. “This is a good, Christian environment,” he said. “It’s a place for people who love the music and want to keep it alive.

“You’ll never get rich playing bluegrass,” added Edwards. “We do it for the fun.”

Walton’s wife, Betty, and their two boys join in the fun at the Dew Drop Inn. “We have a great time playing,” said John Howard Walton.

Walton records each session and you can purchase a CD that very night. Call 785-9285.

Read the full story, It’s all about music, as it appeared in the May issue of the Rivah Visitor’s Guide.

posted 05.02.2010

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