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P. O. Box 250
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Little Roy & Lizzy to play at fundraiser
Proceeds to benefit Lions Quest and sight projects
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Courtesy Photo: Little Roy Lewis and Elizabeth “Lizzy” Long will perform in the Franklin County High School auditorium Saturday night during a fundraiser for the Rocky Mount Lions Club.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

The Little Roy and Lizzy Show is coming to the Franklin County High School auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The show, sponsored by the Rocky Mount Lions Club, features Little Roy Lewis of The Lewis Family and Elizabeth "Lizzy" Long.

As a member of the legendary bluegrass gospel group The Lewis Family, Little Roy has performed in Lions club shows in Rocky Mount for more than 25 years. When the family retired from the business in 2009, Little Roy teamed up with his protegee, Lizzy Long, who grew up on a farm near the Lewis family in Lincolnton, Ga.

Little Roy learned to play the banjo at age 6 and has been called a "banjo master, truly a picker's picker" by USA Today. He sings, plays several instruments and tells stories and jokes to entertain the audience.

Lizzy is a singer and instrumentalist, playing the piano, fiddle, guitar, autoharp, bass, banjo and mandolin. She has been nominated for three Dove Awards.

In August 2011, the duo won awards from America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame and America's Old Time Fiddler's Hall of Fame, and their CD, "Tradition with a Twist," won the Best Old Time CD of the Year from the Rural Roots Commission in Iowa.

Their single, "Mountaintop," which was written by Lizzy Long and Wayne Haun, was named the 2011 GMA Dove Award Bluegrass Song of the Year.

"This will be a wonderful event of great bluegrass music and fun with Little Roy's stories, jokes and on-stage antics," said Rocky Mount Lion Roger Seale. "Come out for an evening of fun and help the Lions club help folks in our community."

Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 6 to 10, and free for children 5 and under. Proceeds will help the Rocky Mount Lions Club's community sight projects and Lions Quest project. The Lions club's December concert with IIIrd Tyme Out provided $1,500 to Franklin County public schools for the Lions Quest project, Seale said.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Cox's Fashions, Haywood's Jewelers, Ferrum Minute Market, Hutchinson Insurance Agency, Hall's Music and Redwood Minute Market.

For more information, call 483-0904 or 483-5360. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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