Kilby Spencer, originally from Whitetop, VA, began working as technology coordinator for Appalachian Regional Library System five years ago. He brings “technology magic” to the region's three libraries: Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes. Kilby manages each library's website, installs, maintains, and trouble-shoots issues with computers and software, along with a host of other responsibilities. He is an expert in his field, a valuable member of ARL's staff. His easy-going, good-natured ways would explain why his favorite part of the job is working with all the different people across the region.
Kilby enjoys reading non-fiction, particularly music biographies, and is a baseball fan. In his free time Kilby likes to play music, specifically his fiddle. Kilby has been playing old-time music most of his life, learning from his parents, Thornton and Emily, who have been in the Whitetop Mountain Band for over 40 years. He also counts Johnny Miller and Dean Sturgill amongst his influences, in addition to recordings of Albert Hash, Otis Burris, and G.B. Grayson. Kilby uses his technology skills to digitize and archive field recordings of traditional music. He has collected and digitized rare local recordings for many years and serves on the board of the Field Recorder's Collective, whose mission is to preserve and release rare field- and home recordings.
Kilby's band, The Crooked Road Ramblers, will be entertaining this Friday (7/19) at 5:30 p.m. on the stage at West Jefferson's Backstreet Park. This is one show not to be missed … The Crooked Road Ramblers have a driving Southwest VA "big" band sound that makes people want to dance.
Check out this video preview of the Crooked Road Ramblers latest CD. There will be CDs available for purchase at the Backstreet Concert Friday evening.