The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

May 4, 2012

Tarboro native ‘Cooter’ in Selma tonight

Editor and Publisher
John H. Walker

TARBORO — Tarboro native Ben Jones, better known as either “Cooter” from the television series “Dukes of Hazard” or as a former two-term representative in Congress from Georgia’s 4th District, will join Nathan Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys tonight at 7 at the Rudy Theatre in Selma.

The performance, part of The American Jubilee musical variety show, will get under way at 8 p.m. The Rudy Theatre is located at 300 N. Raiford.

Stanley is the oldest grandson of bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley. He quickly picked up the spoons at 6 years old, playing on stage with the Clinch Mountain Boys. He began learning mandolin and spent several years as mandolin player for the band.  He also plays rhythm guitar and sings the lead vocal parts with the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Jones was born in Tarboro on Aug. 30, 1941 — his father a railroad man with the Atlantic Coast Line. His family moved to Portsmouth, Va. at an early age when his father was transferred by the railroad. After graduating high school in Portsmouth, he attended the University of North Carolina for four years,

Jones has his own musical group, “Cooter’s Garage Band,” which plays on a regular basis at Cooter’s Place in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Jones, who emcees the show, also sings lead in the band and performs a wide variety of music, including country classics, honky tonk, bluegrass, and rockabilly.

Jones has appeared in more than 80 theatrical productions, 25 feature films and hundreds of television programs.

Tickets for the show are $16.50 for adults and $11.50 for children under 12. Balcony seats are $15.50. Tickets purchased within one hour of show time without a reservation are $1 more.

For more information or reservations, call toll free 1-877-843-7839.