Old Chevrolet Set gets the country music going at White Horse Black Mountain

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The Old Chevrolet Set is inspired by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris as well as Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.

The immortal Hank Williams once extolled the joys of “Honky Tonkin’ “in his classic song. Listeners and dancers can recapture that vintage honky honk ambiance (without the flying bottles) at 8 p.m. Friday, June 15 when White Horse Black Mountain welcomes The Old Chevrolet Set. Tickets are $10 advance/$12 door.

The band’s name is a nod to lyrics from George Jones and Tammy Wynette’s 1973 hit “(We’re Not) The Jet Set,” a clear indication of the musicians’ prime inspirations, which also include Gram Parson and Emmylou Harris, as well as Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.  

Singer/guitarists Parish Ellis and Laura Blackley are the up-front vocal duo with an old-school vibe, while Tom Pittman, host of 88.7 WNCW-FM’s “Country Gold” bathes the songs in pedal steel guitar shimmer. The group is rounded out by a rhythm section composed of Steve Frankel on bass and Keith Buchanan on drums. Good times and good music that would make George and Tammy proud are guaranteed whenever The Old Chevrolet Set steps onstage.

Vollie McKenzie is a walking encyclopedia of roots and popular music.

Also on hand will be local legend Vollie McKenzie. A walking encyclopedia of roots and popular music, the singer and guitarist has fronted western swing, classic country, vintage jazz and old-time dance bands for many years.