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Virginia And The BlueDots / Bio

Virginia always knew she was going to sing. She started singing at the tender age of six, with encouragement from her grandmother Virginia who was also a vocalist who sang gospel music on the radio. Her Father, Joseph was a Musician who played Drums in various bands while she was growing up, and left the family soon after she was born. Later he would come in and out of her life.
Her Mother often found it very hard to make ends meet for her and her three children, but managed by usually working several jobs waitressing and bartending. Her mother would later attend the University Of Maryland and receive a Psychology degree.
Virginia had Uncles who were musicians who would sneak her into gigs (usually through the kitchen) into whatever bar they were playing at, and there she got to sing with the bands. By her Senior year of high school, her mother (Betsy) had bought and purchased a restaurant/bar called The 19th Amendment in Dupont Circle where Virginia would come in and sing and play her guitar to the patrons. She also sang in various church choirs, and began playing the drums in elementary school, continuing through high school. Her first job was at Baskin Robbins scooping ice cream to pay for her own vocal lessons, studying classical and opera. Through High School, she involved herself in broadcast production, acting and in the various choral groups at Northwood High. If you look closely, you might catch her in various films, such as "He Said,She Said" with Kevin Bacon, or America's Most Wanted"... After graduating, she attended Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) where she studied television and production. Virginia eventually, formed a band that would put her on the map, both regionally and nationally. Virginia and The Blue Dots' debut CD "Games Of Love" featured the late, legendary guitarist Danny Gatton on several tracks...Games Of Love did well, and provided the opportunity to travel and share the bill with acts such as Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Reverend Horton Heat, The LeRoi Brothers, Southern Culture On The Skids and Webb Wilder, Asleep At The Wheel just to name a few. Virginia And The Blue Dots have played The Kennedy Center, The Barns at Wolftrap, and The 9:30 Club as well as countless other venues. Games Of Love has also taken them to New York and Philly, The Hard Rock Cafe-both Dallas and in Austin TX, also in Austin they were showcased at the Continental Club, Gruene Hall, Waterloo Ice House, and La Zona Rosa. A successful showcase in Nashville took Virginia And The Blue Dots to Douglass Corner, 328 Performance Hall, and 12th & Porter.This led to a Writers/Publishing agreement with BMI-Nashville, by the hands of Jody Williams, and Clay Bradley. After going nonstop the band was burned-out and tired and the decision was made to take a break. During that time, Virginia continued her education studying at NIH Medical Center after obtaining a scholarship. After which she volunteered with the American Red Cross for two years. It's been a good break, meanwhile Virginia continued to write, and to help out other musicians with production, co-writing etc... Later as the band began playing again, she met and recruited bassist Larry Lawrence. They eventually married, and he is now assisting in writing and production. Which brings us back to the new CD titled "Virginia". The new disc has 12 tracks, with recording and production being split between Austin, TX and at Recording Arts L.L.C. in Virginia...The recording and production should be complete sometime at the end of the year, it's being produced by Alan Veatch... Virginia is now playing in various venues... Hoping to see you soon!

General Info

Band Members
Larry Lawrence, Brian Quinn, Chris Chillura, Virginia
Artist Name
Virginia And The BlueDots
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/virginiaandthebluedots
Genres
Americana / Roots Music / Country/Rockabilly

Contact Info

Location
New York, NY
Manager
Rob White" White House Management "