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County natives slated for Bama Jam

The notoriety of Bama Jam Music Festival in Enterprise has been growing by leaps and bounds since it made its debut last year.

This year, Bama Jam’s musical lineup will include a band comprised of residents from Crenshaw County. The JB Roberts Band will hit the Budweiser Saloon Stage Friday night, June 5, from 8 to 9 p.m.

Roberts plays lead guitar and sings lead in the band; he’s from Brantley, along with Paul Williamson (bass guitar and vocals), and Ben Fox (lead guitar). Luverne resident LaRoy Bodiford plays saxophone, and Daryl Roberts of Birmingham plays the drums.

Their manager is Levi Nichols of Luverne.

“The band has a very rock and roll and bluesy sound, and they’ve played all over the Southeast,” Nichols said. “It’s a really big accomplishment for them to get to play at Bama Jam where there’s a ton of big-name groups.”

Lead singer JB Roberts is an apprentice of country legend Lamar Morris of The Alabama Band, according to Nichols.

“He (Roberts) has taken cues from the Allman Brothers, Warren Haynes and The Black Crowes, which really makes the band have a soulful, southern blend,” Nichols said.

Roberts has also recorded “Every Step,” a 2006 LP, in Decatur.

This year’s lineup will include such names as Kid Rock, The Black Crowes, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and Taylor Swift.

For more information about the JB Roberts Band and this weekend’s Bama Jam lineup, visit www.bamajammusicfestival.com or www.myspace.com/jbrobertsmusic.