McMillan , Roy


  • From Lewisville, North Carolina (originally from Carroll County, Virginia)
  • Learned to play mandolin from age 8.
  • 1950, moved to Winston-Salem, NC and worked as a cook and auto repairman.
  • 1960, joined Larry Richardson and the Blue Ridge Boys.
  • 1965, joined the Wandering Valley Boys.
  • 1968, joined the Blue Ridge Partners.
  • 1970, formed the High Country Boys (Grady Bullins (guitar), Audine Lineberry (bass), Ray Edwards (banjo), Carl Joyner (fiddle) and McMillan (mandolin).
  • 1972, released High Country album (Rebel).
  • 1973, released Up in the High Country album (Rebel).
  • 1975, released Time to Think album (Rebel).
  • McMillan wrote many songs, many of which have been covered by other artists. His song “Wandering in the Darkness” was recorded by the Lonesome River Band as “When You Go Out Walking” on their One Step Ahead album and was nominated for Song of the Year by the IBMA in 1996.