Scene: Enjoy some bluegrass at the American Legion Post

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

March 13, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated March 12, 2013 at 10:13 p.m.

We all know the sound.

It begins with the rapid fingering of a banjo, followed by knee-slapping.

The sound is synonymous to the hit sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," and it's catchy.

Bluegrass is alive and well in Victoria, and if you're looking for some of the best, stop by the American Legion Post, 1402 E. Santa Rosa St., Friday where you'll hear Tennessee Valley Authority and the Crossroads Bluegrass band jam to benefit the legion.

I've never heard bluegrass live, but as a kid, I grew up watching reruns of "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "The Andy Griffith Show" on Nick at Nite.

I have to admit, at the time, I had no idea what bluegrass was, but I knew it was exciting, loud and made me want to run around and dance in any way, shape or form I could - I was a hyper kid.

Stan Kendrick and his wife, Irene, formed the Crossroads Bluegrass, which has performed at the post since January. But this month, they're bringing in Tennessee Valley Authority, one of the longest running bluegrass groups formed in 1972.

He says bluegrass is becoming popular at college campuses, and while they see mostly older people at the post's events, he knows there is a younger crowd waiting to experience the classic, twangy genre.

"Everybody's got a little bluegrass in their bones," he said, and I completely agree.

I still find my foot tapping to the explosive sound of acoustic instruments going 100 mph.



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