After getting out of the army, Ward Eller began performing again with Drake Walsh and Ralph Church around Wilkes County. The VFW in North Wilkesboro hired the band to play in 1956, and Ward has been playing at the VFW on almost every Saturday night since then. The current VFW band plays a mix of everything from bluegrass to country, to classic rock and roll. With some changes throughout the years, the current members include Jimmy, Ricky, and Tony Church, Tal Holbrook, David Gambill, and Jeff Michael. With a gig for almost 60 years, Ward Eller is believed to be one of the steadiest employed musicians in Wilkes County. In 2008, the IBMA World of Bluegrass interviewed and honored the Church Brothers & their Bluegrass Ramblers at ROMP. Rounder Records also released their older recordings on "Early Days of Bluegrass Volume 8". Ward Eller has inspired a lot of musicians throughout the area with his music, like the well-known musician, Jeff Michael.
Below is an interview and music clips with Ward Eller and Jeff Michael.
Ivy Sheppard, Kilby Spencer and myself are also included in some of the music clips.
If you are interested in attending the VFW Saturday Nite Square Dance, you can find more info on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/VFW-Post-1142-Saturday-Nite-Square-Dance/690008847709987