Story and Photos by Corey Williams

Meet Andrew Adkins and Chris Stockard: two multi-instrumentalists who together make up Bearded Whiskey, an Americana folk and roots band based out of Danville, Virginia. Andrew and Chris met at an open mic event in Milton, North Carolina and later performed in a production of “Smoke on the Mountain” at the Kirby Theatre in Roxboro, North Carolina.

Andrew plays the guitar, harmonica, drums, tambourine and the occasional banjo tune. Chris plays the mandolin, banjo and guitar. Andrew credits Hank Williams Sr., Towns Van Zandt, Benjamin Todd and Jimmie Rodgers as some of the band’s (and his personal) influences.

Andrew explained, “I’ve always had a strong interest in older country and bluegrass. I would play along with albums of the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, and many more. I’ve been performing for others for the last couple years.”

“I’ve been playing music since the summer of fifth-grade year. My aunt got me into music with a recorder flute. Then I picked up a saxophone, then a drumstick and the rest is history,” Stockard added.

Listen to Bearded Whiskey on their YouTube channel or you can find them regularly at Ballad Brewing, 2 Witches and other local venues throughout Danville and North Carolina. Follow Bearded Whiskey on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube; or book them by emailing [email protected].

Corey Williams is a writer, photographer and a Danville transplant that is passionate about the region and all it has to offer. He is involved with several community organizations including the Danville After Hours Rotary Club and Middle Border Forward. Corey is also the founder and creative director of Rivertown, a creative marketing agency. When he isn’t writing stories or designing logos, Corey enjoys running, reading, traveling and discovering local food and beverage spots. Visit or to see his portfolio. Email him at [email protected] for any creative needs and follow his daily adventures on Instagram @coreyw23.jpg!