Strange Ways in Banner Elk July 28

Article Published: Jul. 21, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Strange Ways in Banner Elk July 28

The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce's sixth Concert in the Park for 2011 takes place Thursday, July 28, featuring the classic rock and country stylings of Strange Ways.

The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Tate Evans Town Park stage behind Bank of America on N.C. 194.

Strange Ways is a three-piece classic rock and country band, based in Morganton.

With Steve Turbyfill on guitar and vocals, Rick Thomas on electric and upright bass and Bill Roberts on drums and percussion, the trio performs a rich blend of classic rock and classic country music.

"You better put on your dancing shoes for this act, because we are known to pack the dance floor," Thomas said.

All three musicians have played since the '80s, but never as a group until the summer of 2010.
Turbyfill, who has performed with such bands as Little Creek, Tone Wizard and Cold Edge, is at ease behind the microphone and guitar.

Roberts, a veteran of the Western North Carolina music scene, has performed with many bands, including Phantasm and Tone Wizard, and rounds up the rhythm section.

Thomas, as a member of The Linda Rafferty Band, has made appearances at The Grand Ole Opry, as well as opened for The Kentucky Headhunters. High Country music fans will recognize Thomas from appearances with The Whip Daddy's, The Mudd Katz, Lost Cauz and many more.

Some of Strange Ways' musical influences include Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Brooks & Dunn, Waylon Jennings and Jimmy Thackery.

For the July 28 show, concert-goers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and coolers. Food will also be available for purchase, as will raffle tickets for prizes, as well as for a cash drawing. Admission is free.

This week's sponsor is My Best Friend's Barkery (

The next concert on Aug. 4 will feature Billy Scott and the Party Prophets, who play beach, boogie, blues and oldies, and is sponsored by Frank and Mary Watts.

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