EK Railroad Mini-Reunion For Tony Collier’s Birthday

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Former members and associates of one-time local Bluegrass music band EK Railroad surprised Grayson musician and instrument builder Tony Collier Friday for a mini-reunion and jam session to celebrate Collier’s 63rd birthday.

Guitarist Nate Salyers joined Dobro player Ron Price and upright bassist Tim Morris with Collier on a banjo he built himself and the group formed a circle in Collier’s recording studio.

The jam session was attended by a small handful of family and friends who enjoyed pizza and sweet treats while the music played. 

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Collier’s granddaughter, Lacey Jackson, presented him with a gift box filled with handmade gifts.], followed by an extra-happy hug.

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As the surprise guests arrived, Tony’s wife, Julia, proudly pointed out a pair of peonies originally planted by her late father-in-law, Arnold Collier, more than a dozen years ago which bloomed for her her husband’s birthday.

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Story and Photos by TIM PRESTON 

Carter County Post

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