THE VIRGINIA SQUIRES
- From Virginia.
- Formed in 1983 by Rickie Simpkins (fiddle and mandolin), Ronnie Simpkins (bass), Mark Newton (guitar and lead vocals), and Sammy Shelor (banjo.)
- 1984, voted “Bluegrass Band of the Year” by the Country Music Association of Virginia..
- They had previously worked with another Virginia bluegrass band, The Heights of Grass. Lead singer Mark Newton also previously worked with The Knoxville Grass.
- Broke up in 1989. They occasonally reunite when the members of the band are together at festivals.
- Mark Newton has his own band and promotes the annual Graves Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Virginia.
- Best of the Virginia Squires (Rebel)