[caption id="attachment_11615" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/02\/1.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-11615" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/02\/1-300x165.jpg" alt="The Elk River Ramblers, from left:\u2008Terry Richardson, Paul Marganian and Galen Watts, perform at the annual Opry Night Saturday at the Pocahontas County Opera House. C.D. Moore photo" width="300" height="165" \/><\/a> The Elk River Ramblers, from left:\u2008Terry Richardson, Paul Marganian and Galen Watts, perform at the annual Opry Night Saturday at the Pocahontas County Opera House. <em>C. D. Moore photo<\/em>[\/caption]\r\n\r\nCailey Moore\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nSeats were hard to come by Saturday night as music fans flocked to the Pocahontas County Opera House for a night at the opry.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt's so wonderful to see all of you here this evening,\u201d Opera House manager Brynn Kusic said in her welcome. \u201cIt's been a bit of a long winter, and I'm thrilled you were able to make it out tonight \u2013 especially for a night like Opry Night. We have not one, but two, of your favorite local bluegrass bands here tonight \u2013 the Viney Mountain Bluegrass Boys and the Elk River Ramblers.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Viney Mountain Bluegrass Boys \u2013 composed of Doug Scott on guitar, Richard Hefner, II, on banjo, David Kershner on bass, and Joe \u201cJody\u201d Harrison, III, on mandolin \u2013 began the night with a lively tune led by Hefner on the banjo.\r\n\r\nDrawing inspiration from the Stanley Brothers, the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, their families and the mountain overlooking Little Levels, the Viney Mountain Bluegrass Boys is a band that has remained true to its roots \u2013 preferring traditional bluegrass styles over the modernized styles seen today.\r\n\r\nFollowing a brief intermission, the Elk River Ramblers \u2013 consisting of Terry Richardson on guitar, Galen Watts on bass and vocals, and Paul Marganian on fiddle, guitar and vocals \u2013 took the stage.\r\n\r\n\u201cI was so nervous when we first started playing,\u201d Marganian laughed.\r\n\r\nHe told the folks to feel free to talk and walk around during their performance, but the crowd was mesmerized by the group's signature Appalachian old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, classic rock and klezmer tunes.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe try to mix up the genres as much as possible,\u201d Marganian said of their musical stylings, \u201cand give enough diversity to make things interesting. I think what keeps it together is just the instrumentations. We're a string trio, and we make these arrangements for a string trio \u2013 whether it's a rock song, a klezmer tune or straight up bluegrass.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor those who are not familiar with klezmer tunes, the genre came about as a result of musical cross-pollination over the centuries and embodies a number of traditions \u2013 including Eastern European, Gypsy and Hebrew\/Jewish traditions.\r\n\r\n\u201cPeople tend to think it's primarily Hebrew\/Jewish music,\u201d Watts explained, \u201cbut there are a lot of additional influences, too.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Ramblers entertained the crowd with fan favorites, such as Pink Floyd's \u201cWish You Were Here\u201d and the Grateful Dead's \u201cBird Song,\u201d as well as original songs from the band's two albums, <em>Up the Creek<\/em> and <em>A Murder of Crows<\/em>.\r\n\r\nRecently released, <em>A Murder of Crows<\/em> debuted in November 2015.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe were looking back on our first album, <em>Up the Creek<\/em>,\u201d Marganian said, \u201cand for us, it was like we were looking at a different band. We thought that it was time for a new CD.\u201d\r\n\r\nFormer Rambler Alan Dutchess passed away in 2013, but he has remained with the band in spirit and inspiration \u2013 particularly for the band's newest album. According to Richardson, a number of Dutchess' songs \u2013 unrecorded on the band's first album \u2013 were featured on <em>A Murder of Crows<\/em>, including the song from which the album received its name.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt was actually Terry's idea,\u201d Marganian explained, \u201cbut we found the title in a line from the second song on the album. The song, itself, has a lot of weird vocals, but the line reads \u201cHave you seen \/ A hundred murder of crows,\u201d and we really liked that.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Elk River Ramblers is the house band of the Elk River Inn and Restaurant in Slaty Fork, where they perform nearly every Thursday night.\r\n\r\nRefreshments for Opry Night were provided by the Minnehaha Braves 4-H Club.\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Avenue in Marlinton.\r\n\r\nThe 2015-16 Opera House Performance Series is presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Support is also provided by Pocahontas County Dramas, Fairs and Festivals.