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  • September15th

    Musicians Ear Plug

    Pat's Outdoor Party (12)

    What will they think of next??  Jim Lilly, acoustic guitar player with The SunnySide Band lost the hearing in his left ear back in March due to a sinus infection.  He has regained the hearing but has kept the terrible ringing.  His ear doctor was able to fit him with a customized ear plug this week, and we played for three hours yesterday — it worked great!  He can turn the volumn up or down to let in more or less frequencies.  He’s happy and we’re happy!!

    The SunnySide Band would encourage you to visit their Music page and listen to a few of their favorite tunes.  The Band will be posting some new “Gigs” soon so keep checking the Gigs page.  Thanks!!

  • February27th

    The Gateway Theatre

    Pat's Outdoor Party

    The SunnySide Band is excited to be heading over Afton Mountain once again to the lovely town of Waynesboro, Va to play at The Gateway Theatre, 329 West Main Street on March 4 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  This GIG is to Kick off the One Book/One Community Project “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson, and the author will be on hand to sign his book.  If you live within driving distance, invite a friend and come join us, we’d love to meet you.

    The SunnySide Band would like to invite you to visit their Music page to listen to a few of their favorite selections and then visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next.

  • April18th

    Only 2 Cancellations

    The SunnySide Band performing at Skyland

    The SunnySide Band is happy to report that Jim Lilly and Betty Calvert are all healed up now and back pickin’ and grinnin’.  The Band only had to cancel 2 of their performances, Skyland Resort on April 9 and The Recreation Center on April 13.  The Band was able to bring the Gospel in song to Macedonia Christian Church at 24077 Lahore Road in Orange, Va on Sunday, April 15.  We think the congregation got “The Message” because they want us back.  Their next “Gig” is in Staunton on April 26 at Brightview Baldwin Park Retirement Community.

    SunnySide would like to encourage you to visit their Music page and listen to a few of their favorite old-time and classic country selections.  If you like the music of yester-year, the band would invite you to consider having them play for your next event, just visit their Book Us page and leave your information.

  • July9th

    Thanks Friends and Fans

    The SunnySide Band at The Rec Center

    The SunnySide Band played to another packed house at their monthly Gig at The Recreation Center in Fredericksburg, VA.  A great big thank you to all of our Friends and Fans for coming out again to support us.  The Band was delighted that Jim Lilly was over his Shingles enough to make the drive over from Elkton.  SunnySide really missed his acoustic guitar playing and his singing last month.  Betty was in fine voice and brought the house down with her Patsy Cline version of I Fall to Pieces.  We look forward to another fine turn out  in August.

    The SunnySide Band would like to invite you to visit their Home page and their Music page and listen to several of their favorite selections and then to visit their Feedback page and leave them a comment.  The Band would also encourage you to visit their Gallery 2010 and 2011 page and check out the wonderful pictures that friends and fans like Lavern Beachy have taken and posted to the Wedsite.  SunnySide would like to meet you and get to know you and what better way to do that than to play for your next event.  They would encourage you to visit their Book Us page and leave your information.

  • June30th

    Playing for the Senior Citizens

    The SunnySide Band at the Stone Soup

    The SunnySide Band played for the Young at Heart Club in Unionville, VA today and what a responsive audience.   The music fit right in and so did the band members — they are all senior citizens too.  The Band did an all gospel music set today instead of their usual old time and classic country set.   CD sales went well and bookings are pending.  The Young at Heart members furnished a Salad Luncheon following the music performance.

    The SunnySide Band encourages you to visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next and to visit their Feedback page and leave them a comment.  The Band would like to invite you to visit their Home page and their Music page to listen to their style of music.   SunnySide would also like to meet you and play for your next event — just visit their Book Us page and leave your information.

  • June24th

    Grottoes Welcomes The SunnySide Band

    Are You From Dixie

    Last night The SunnySide Band played to a packed house of one of the most enthusiastic crowds that they have ever played for.  Every instrument break on Carol’s autoharp and Jim’s guitar was met with loud applause, and their silly songs brought the house down.  The Band wants to thank each and everyone for coming out to support them and especially their friend and fan Michael Upchurch for always being there.  The folks at Grottoes want them back in the fall, so SunnySide encourages you to watch their Gigs page for that booking as well as other bookings that will be coming up.

    The SunnySide Band would like to invite you to visit their Feedback page and leave them a comment to let them know how they are doing.  If you haven’t heard SunnySide, they would encourage you to visit their Music page to get a sample of the old time, classic country and gospel music that they bring to the table.  If you like what you hear, they would encourage you to consider having them play for your next big event, birthday party, anniversary party, backyard BBQ or for no reason at all — just visit their Book Us page and leave your information.

  • June12th

    The SunnySide Band played in the Ampitheater

    Jim Lilly

    The Peaks of Otter is one of the most beautiful places on the Blue Ridge Parkway(mile post 86).  If you want to get away from it all–telephone, television, traffic, hustle and bustle–just come to The Peaks of Otter Resort.  It’s a wonderful place to watch all types of wildlife, hike, or just sit and relax.  Jim Lilly’s Shingles are healing up a bit, and he mustered up all of his will and played two hours with The SunnySide Band Saturday, June 11 in The Ampitheater.  The Band had a good crowd and everybody seemed to enjoy the old time tunes.  Many favorable comments were heard all around.

    The SunnySide Band has gotten another booking on The Blue Ridge Parkway, and they invite you to visit their Gigs page to check out where they will be playing this summer.  The Band would also encourage you to visit their Feedback page and leave them a comment or two.  SunnySide would like to play for your next important event, and they encourage you to visit their Book Us page and leave your information.

  • June6th

    Stephen C. Foster / 1855

    Jim Lilly

    This old time tune was written by Stephen Foster and published in 1855.  Apparently, it was based partly on fragments he heard from the family housekeeper, Olivia Pise, who learned it in the black church where she worshipped.  Although it was not one of Foster’s more successful compositions, it was, in fact, one of his favorites.  In his last days he could often be found singing Hard Times Come Again No More.

    Jim Lilly, the acoustic guitar player with The SunnySide Band is only slightly improved today — he’s got a long way to go.  He is talking about skipping Friday night at The Recreation Center in Fredericksburg, so he can make The Peaks of Otter Gig on Saturday night down in Bedford, VA.  Betty Calvert, the upright bass player and Carol Phillips, the autoharp player will really need to do some fancy foot-work as well as hand-work to pull this off.  An upright bass and an autoharp — wonder what that will sound like??  To be on the safe side,  SunnySide would encourage you to visit their Gigs page to make sure they don’t have to cancel out on Friday night.

  • May7th

    Thank you fans!

    Stanardsville

    Last nigth The SunnySide Band with Jim Lilly on acoustic guitar, Betty Calvert on upright bass and Carol Phillips on autoharp was the featured band at the Old School House in New Market, VA.  What an enthusiastic crowd!  Thank you, thank you to each and every one of our fans that showed up.  This is one of our favorite gigs to play.  The pickers there  even let an autoharp join the jam AND take a break, WOW!  All of the other jams that we have attempted to join treated the autoharp like it had leprosy.

    The SunnySide Band invites you to visit their Home page and their Music page to listen to some of the old time tunes that they played last night, then check out their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next.  We would love to see you at each one.  The Band also invites you to visit their Feedback page and let them know how they are doing.  The SunnySide Band would like to meet you and share their music with you, and the best way to do that is to have them play for your next event.  Just visit their Contact page and fill in the blanks–someone from The Band will contact you.

  • April13th

    Ticklin’ Songs

    Posted in: Music

    The Fifth in the Series of Old Time Songs

    The SunnySide Band Radio Interview

    Ticklin’ songs are nothing more or less than songs that make you laugh.  Country people have always enjoyed a good laugh, even if the joke’s on them.  The SunnySide Band always includes several of these songs in their performances, one that comes to mind is “The Four Days Drunk Song” or “The Cabbage Head Song.”  If you have not heard this song, you need to come to one of our Gigs and hear and see us in action.  It’s guaranteed to make you laugh.

    The SunnySide Band invites you to visit our Home page and our Music page to listen to our favorite old-time or roots music songs and visit our Gigs page to see where we will be performing in the near future.  We invite you to visit our Feedback page to leave us a comment, and we would encourage you to purchase one of our CD’s so you can listen to The SunnySide Band and tap your toes.  We would like to meet you and share our music with you, so we would encourage you to consider having SunnySide play for your next event.  Just visit our Contact page and fill in the form with your information — we will get back to you right away.  Don’t forget to visit our Gallery page and share our venues with us.