“The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from old-time, bluegrass, country, jazz, rockabilly and swing styles to create their tight, high-energy string band music. Well-crafted original songs with emotional depth, masterful picking, and resonant vocal harmonies combine to forge new territories and a fresh take on Appalachian Americana music. Band members Gary Antol, Libby Eddy, Joe Dep and Ed Croft hail from the mountains and river towns of southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.”

The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers are a Pittsburgh based old-timey string band who’s latest release is the fantastic White Lightning Road. You can hear the band selections from it when they play the Deep Roots Mountain Revival at Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV this weekend (Thursday and Friday, September 15 & 16). I want to thank Gary Antol (Guitar/Mandolin/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Gary. Ah, The Ryman. That is a bucket list venue for me to see a show for sure. I was actually outside the venue when I was ten years old but never made it inside.