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This profile was last updated on 2/13/06  and contains information from public web pages.



Employment History

  • Gospel Music Singer

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Virginia Gospel Singers
Web References - The Gospel Truth Stafford musician has been playing for half a century, 13 Feb 2006 [cached]
The hardworking members of Bob Stone and the Virginia Gospel Singers practice in the basement of Stone's Stafford County home.They are (from left) Vic Grice on bass, Bob Stone on mandolin,
Bob Stone and members of the Virginia Gospel Singers (from left) Mac Dempsey, Bob Stone, Jeff Stone, Vic Grice
Bob Stone and members of the Virginia Gospel Singers (from left) Mac Dempsey, Bob Stone, Jeff Stone, Vic Grice
At age 74, Bob Stone
after Morgan sings two songs with Bob Stone and the Virginia Gospel Singers.
After 50 years of playing gospel music near and far, Bob Stone is still 'dedicated to producing the gospel'
His five-man band, Bob Stone and the Virginia Gospel Singers, includes his son Jeff on guitar, Mac Dempsey on banjo, Don Shores on dobro and Vic Grice on upright bass.
Bob plays 5-string mandolin.Jeff Stone is the lead singer, with Grice, Shores and Bob pitching in with three-part harmony.
The group performs at least once almost every weekend in the year, and already has bookings well into next fall, Stone said.
"I reckon we turn down 25 requests a year" because of scheduling conflicts, he said.
Bob Stone does a solo on his mandolin, then it's Dempsey's turn on banjo.
Bob Stone started playing the guitar when he was 6 years old.
"I was the youngest of eight," he said."Everybody else played.This old boy was going to learn, too.
"I've still got that guitar."
Stone had three brothers and four sisters, and they were all musical.
"On Sunday afternoons we'd take our hymnbooks out to the back yard swings and sing everything we knew in the hymnal," Stone said.Both his father and mother played autoharp, and they had the singers to provide four-part harmony.
Stone grew up on Brooke Road in southern Stafford County, next door to his current home.
Bob is the only one of his siblings who pursued music, although he didn't do it to make money.He earned his living as a machinist at Dahlgren after a stint in the Air Force.
Stone formed the Virginia Gospel Singers in 1984, including son Jeff among the players.
Gospel Music Singers, 15 Dec 2004 [cached]
Bob Stone and the Virginia Gospel SingersBluegrass Gospel Music.
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