Junior Fisk, who is deeply rooted in the bluegrass community of Southwest Virginia, first earned acclaim for his songwriting in the 1990s, but it's his powerful, lonesome singing that his earned the devotion of traditional bluegrass fans.

His compositions helped propel the Lonesome River Band to bluegrass fame in the early 1990s, and he's a veteran of several nationally known bluegrass bands, including Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz, Lost & Found and BlueRidge.

Now at the top of his game, Fisk has put together Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, a fresh ensemble of Blue Ridge musicians that is regarded as one of the best traditional bands to emerge in many years. He has assembled a lineup that reflects both the traditional roots of the Blue Ridge Mountains' bluegrass community and its contemporary sensibilities. While the influence of such members of the founding generation as Flatt & Scruggs and The Stanley Brothers is undeniable, the band also draw freely upon contemporary sources for material. In addition to Sisk, the members of Rambler's Choice include Jason "Sweet Tater" Tomlin on upright bass, Chris Davis on mandolin, Billy Hawks on fiddle and guitar and Jason Davis on banjo.

SCHEDULE: Saturday, Boarding House Park, 3 p.m., Market Street, 4:45 p.m.; Sunday, St. Anne's, 2:30 p.m., Market Street, 4:15 p.m.