The Virginia Ramblers


Donnie Shifflett

Donnie started out playing with Charlie and Alvin over 20 years ago.  Donnie likes to call his instrument the "bull fiddle," and if you hear him play, you'll know why.  Not only is his hard thumping bass a perfect compliment to Charlie's guitar, but he is one of the best baritone singers in bluegrass.  He is also a fine lead singer and songwriter, to boot.  He hails from Dyke, VA. 

Troy Gooding

Troy, from Madison, VA, has been singing and playing the mandolin since his teenage years.  He does most of the tenor singing for the Ramblers.  When it comes to mandolin pickers, few can get their instruments out of the case and hit the ground running like Troy.  Troy is a big fan of fiddle tunes, and it shows on his breaks- he makes it all look so easy, too!

Tom Hogge

Originally from Gloucester, VA, Tom now makes his home in Ruckersville, VA.  He  can make that Stelling banjo talk!  He does a little bit of baritone singing, and will occasionally sing lead on some old favorites.  He and Troy played for 12 years together in The Courtney Hollow Band.

Charles Frazier

Charlie started out playing with Alvin Breeden in the 70's.  He has also shared the stage with the likes of Don Reno, Charlie Waller, and Jimmy Martin, just to name a few.  Charlie lays down a powerful rhythm guitar, matched in intensity only by his high lonesome, heartfelt singing.  He makes his home in Earlysville, VA.