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The Boxcars

This is for my music buddies, who I know will appreciate this,
      After a great birthday dinner and gifts at Martin's in Roanoke with JoAnn, Jennifer and Rob, and Holly, Rob agreed to drive us back to the parking garage. Well, I thought he got confused and turned around, because we ended up passing the Kirk Avenue Music Hall. I looked over, and there's Ron Stewart outside smoking a cigarette! They're trying to get me out of the car to go in, and I'm rolling down the window to yell hello to Ron.

CAPT Dan's Retirement

Submarine Commander Meets The Rake & Ramblin' 4
 
   Now and then, a REALLY special event occurs that deserves a mention- Dan Forney's retirement on 6 April 2013 from the United States Navy is one of those. But first, a little background...
   Sandy, Bill McAllister, Stewart Hall and I first met Dan at Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp in 2010. We were leaving the cafeteria after lunch, and some guys were jamming outside near the steps. Dan was playing a nice Taylor 810 with an Adirondack top and picking the fiddle tune "Texas Gales.

The R&R4 and the Bookstore- October 2012

Signing with the University Bookstore
 
  As far back as our 2008 CD "The Florida Sessions" Rod (our resident songwriter, tenor singer, and bassist) had been saying, "Wouldn't it be great if somehow we could sell our CD in or through the VT Bookstore." From a musical standpoint, Virginia Tech recognizes and promotes the Highty-Tighties, the Marching Virginians, and even the Southern Colonels Dance Orchestra, if I'm not mistaken... but nowhere, in it's long history has there ever been mention of a singing group.

Those Early Songs

The Rake & Ramblin’ 4 -- Those Early Songs
 
   In 1964, the Rake & Ramblin’ 4 was just getting started and we were figuring out what kinds of songs we liked to play and sing. The folk music movement of the time was extremely popular. It started out in the late 50’s in several nightclub venues like the Cellar Door in DC, the hungry i in San Francisco (yes, that spelling is correct . . .) and the Bitter End in Greenwich Village, among others. Folk music was extremely popular on campus with groups like the Kingston Trio, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Limelighters, the Brothers 4 and Peter, Paul and Mary.

The Hokie Hootenanny Concerts

The Annual Hokie Hootenanny- September 2012
 
   This year's concert was actually the third in an (almost) annual series that began in 2009. Dubbed the "Hokie Hootenanny" by our hosts, it has been held at the home of our good friends Jeff and Sara, in 2009, 2010, and this year. Weather permitting, we play outside on their beautiful and spacious patio- 2009 was the only year we moved the festivities inside. You can see photographs of the concert venue and all three performances on our site's "Pictures" page, plus a live video on the "Watch" page.
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