Elkville String Band, The


  • From Wilkes County, North Carolina
  • Formed in 2001 by Jerry Lankford.
  • They take their name from the Wilkes County town of Elkville – now known as Ferguson – where Tom Dooley was born.
  • Band members: Drake Walsh (fiddle/mandolin/guitar), Herb Key (guitar), Jeff Michael (banjo/guitar/mandolin), Bill Williams (bass)
  • For several years, they served as the house band for a Wilkesboro musical production called “Tom Dooley: a Wilkes County Legend.”
  • Drake Walsh is the son of RCA/Columbia recording artist Dock Walsh, founding member (with Clarence Ashley) of the Carolina Tar Heels (1925).
  • 2008, released Over the Mountain album with guest guitarist Wayne Henderson