Bill Mathews - Bill Mathews is one of our regulars at the Smyth County Jam. He came to us from Russell County, Virginia but now lives in Chilhowie in the Mill Creek area. He has been playing since he was about 10 years old. Bill says his father was an old time claw-hammer banjo picker and a brother played guitar. Bill has played all over the country. He has played back-up for Bill Monroe at one point in time. After thirty years playing, he has pretty well mastered the guitar. Bill is a very strong singer, and can remember a huge amount of songs. Off and on over the years Bill has had bands of his own. One of his four children, a daughter, sings.