The Powell Family Band is a three-piece, three generation bluegrass band.
The Samples Brothers Band has been around since the early 1970’s and are well known around the West Virginia festival circuit. The band has been featured at the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston, the West Virginia State Folk Festival in Glenville, and the Stonewall Jackson Jubilee for many years.
They have also played many other venues including the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, the Mariposa Festival in Canada, The Bob Evans Farm Festival in Ohio, and The Heritage Festival in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky.
They have also done concerts at colleges including The University of South Carolina, Shepherd College, and Glenville State College.
The band has done six recordings over the years and currently has four CDs on the market. The CDs have sold well into the thousands.
The all-acoustic band consists of brothers Mack, Ted, and Roger Samples, Buddy Griffin on fiddle, and John Preston on bass. Mack’s son, Grayson, sometimes joins the group at festival venues. The music is a blend of old time and bluegrass with an occasional classic from the country music and pop scene.
Many of the songs that the Samples Brothers perform come from the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Perhaps the best way to describe their music is old time, hard driving string music with lots of vocal.