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Local Visitor Center garners honor from state association

The South Boston/Halifax County Visitor Center has received the “Visitor Center of the Year” award given annually by the Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (VACVB).

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Teen charts musical future with featured band / May 09, 2013
Seventeen-year-old Adam Snow has been playing in a band for two years, and he is definitely charting a future for himself in music. While many teenagers may listen to tunes on their iPods or through YouTube, Adam Snow makes music that comes from the soul — in a band known as Improbable Cause.

Adam previously was a member of another band when he and his members were asked by Bill Watson to form a new band. It seemed like a good opportunity, and so Improbable Cause was born.

Adam is the band’s youngest member, but he takes center stage playing lead guitar and vocals. His dad, Ronnie Snow, accompanies on rhythm guitar while Jerry Lovelace plays bass, and Watson assists on the drums. All the members sing: “We practice every Tuesday for three hours for our events nowadays,” said Adam.

When the band first started out, it was difficult for Adam because they practiced three to four times a week. “It was really hard to manage with all the homework,” said Adam. Even though there were some difficult moments, the time spent together has been beneficial in forming close relationships, as well as generating lots of fun learning new material.

“My dad taught me how to play the chords and I taught myself the rest,” said Adam. “When I first started playing I wanted to play just like my dad, but now it’s weird because we have different styles.”

The band’s sound is classic Southern rock — a combination of rock, blues fusion with electric guitar and vocals. The band frequently channels the sounds of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lynyrd Skynyrd. “Southern rock is different from any other type of rock,” said Adam. “Lynyrd Skynyrd’s music really gets the crowd going.”

Although crowds may love Lynyrd Skynyrd, Adam’s favorite song is “Pride and Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughan: “It has a really good beat, and everyone can dance to it.”

The band is active on weekends, playing at various local venues. Adam and the band have played in and out of town, including at Smokin’ Jakes, Spare Times Grill, Cowboy Up, and at clubs in Farmville and South Hill. The most exciting performance for Adam was at the American Legion: “It was such a huge crowd.

“My goal is to pursue a career in music, said Adam. “It’s not about the money. I just love to play.” The experience he is getting now will hopefully help him in realizing his dream to establish his own band in the future. Adam plans to start off with the basics — just a bass player and drummer — and then rise to the top.

The reporter is a student at Halifax County High School.

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