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Doddridge County Middle School Student Pursues Musical Dreams

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Silas Powell is not your typical middle school student; he has been wowing crowds all over the country with his inspiring mandolin skills.

"I actually first got a mandolin was when I was around two or three. My grandfather put a really cheap mandolin in my crib and my mom and grandma were like don't do that he'll break it. Then my dad said it doesn't matter it's really cheap anyway and that's pretty much how I got started," said Silas.

His parents said he was born to entertain. "We didn't push it, we just figured it would just come. He was probably about seven, when I was practicing for a blue grass band that I played in. He (Silas) was sitting there on the couch and I never showed him a thing but he was playing everything I was playing. Then we knew it was time to get him started," said Joshua Powell, Silas's dad.

He is only 11-years-old but has already racked up quite the resume; taking the stage with many top Bluegrass musicians including Grammy winners David Grier and Mike Compton.

Silas said his excitement of performing helps calm his nerves, "I like playing with different people, no matter who they are or what age. It's a good experience for me."

An experience that has the community and his family supporting him every step of the way.

Chasity Powell, Silas's Mother said, "I get to enjoy and sit back, while dad is up on stage with him. We are just so proud of him, our family is proud of him, the community is proud of him, he as received a lot of support from Doddridge County."

Silas will take the stage this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee to delight the audience during the Monroe Mandolin Camp. Saturday, you can sit back and cheer him on from the comfort of your home; the concert will be live streamed on Concert Window, starting at 7:30 p.m. CST.

For more information on Silas Powell and his musical journey, you can follow him on Facebook.

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