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Who remembers 1959? If you do, you're old as shit. That's when The Embers started up.
Back in those days Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page wasn't the lead vocalist for The Embers Band, but things have changed. Sheriff Page has cue cards to remember all the lyrics, but he's still kicking out the jams for the people of Draper Village.
The Embers Band played all the 50+ year-old tunes they could remember at the Betty Ann Wright Memorial Stage. Have you never heard of the Betty Ann Wright Memorial Stage? Well, don't feel bad, I haven't heard of it either. But, it exists. The Embers, featuring Sam Page, played there at an almost bearable volume. The BAWMS is located in the heart of Draper Village, not far from the Tommy Woodall Memorial Barber Shop
Hundreds of listeners gathered to cut a rug in a sand "mosh" pit while The Embers played tunes by the Showmen, the Tams, and maybe somebody else.
If you knew the right people, you got an ALL ACCESS pass to all the backstage activity and a free ride in a golf cart to the closed BIG HOUSE (sorry no photo).
Some say there are no black people in Draper Village, but I know that's not true. I spotted this one black fellow at The Embers shindig. It was reported a black female was also seen at the event. That makes a total of two. It's funny The Embers were playing mostly music by black artists, but there were damn few black people in attendance. It's a mystery to me.
The Embers have come a long way from their days riding around the country in a Dodge van and a U-Haul trailer. Now they travel in an eighteen-wheeler with the The Embers Agency 4420 Rygate Dr Raleigh NC 27604 (919) 876-9431 on the door. Sheriff Page has really jacked them up a notch or two.