Tale of 2 Dills |
Dill had a guitar in his hand by the time
he was six years old. He attended Ferrum College
in Franklin County, Virginia, the moonshine capital of the world, learning
old time fiddle tunes from the locals. Keith moved on to MCV
in Richmond, Virginia, where he met up with Richmond native, Randy
Waller, son of bluegrass legend, Charlie Waller,
joining Randy's band Silver Saddle.
lead vocals, harmony vocals, song writing, bass, 12 string, pennywhistles, flute, percussion
As a child, Viqui Lynn Brown Sherman Dill had dreams of becoming a famous rock star, and began taking piano lessons at age 7. By junior high, Viqui was leading others in song with her 12 string guitar and writing music in the suburbs of Charleston, West Virginia, playing flute with the George Washington High School band. Later, Viqui's family moved to Bridgewater, New Jersey and Viqui began writing songs for her church Youth Choir, which she helped to form and co-lead.
In 1991, Viqui received an electric bass as a Mother's Day present and began playing with bluegrass and country bands in the Washington, DC area with her husband, Keith Dill. They have opened for such diverse acts as Sawyer Brown, Shelby Lynn, the Coasters, Taylor Dane, Charlie Waller and The Country Gentlemen, Ronnie Reno and the Reno Tradition, and Continental Divide.
An engineering graduate from Virginia Tech, Viqui is happiest as a small group worship leader or surrounded by singing kids at Vacation Bible School. She works as a Technical Writer for American Woodmark in Winchester. The Dills have been married since 1987 and have a son, Jim.
Dill began his musical career as a french horn player for the school band
but quickly got bored and moved on to piano and keyboards. Realizing that
the piano is hard to bring to a gig, Jim soon took up the djembe, and
began playing in the Dill family band. As he matured, Jim discovered that
he had a fine low voice and began to sing, as well as play an instrument.
has lead worship at both his church and at the exchange coffee house.
Jim is graduate of Millbrook High School in Winchester, VA and is currently
studying engineering at Virginia Tech.
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