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Friday through Sunday,  April 11-13, 2014

Stonefield Cellars Winery
8220 NC Hwy 68 N
Stokesdale, NC 

Sponsored by Stonefield Cellars Winery.

Limited RV camping available (no power), plenty of room for tent camping, winery bathrooms available.

RSVP to Natalie Wurz at 336.689.4071 for RV camping or with questions

Friday: Jamming

Outside/inside until 10pm, resume inside afterwards.

Saturday morning & afternoon: Jamming

Outside/inside.

Saturday: Pot Luck at 5:30 PM

The club will provide plates and utensils; you provide a main dish, side dish or dessert and your drink. Beverages available for purchase.

Saturday: Performance at the shelter by Blues Creek at 6:30 PM

Read below for more information about Blues Creek

Sunday morning: Pot Luck Breakfast at 9:30 am and Gospel Sing-a-long at 10:30 am

 

Blues Creek

Blues Creek

Beth Smith sang from the day she opened her mouth. Her older sisters would have to baby sit her and quickly found that Beth was easily entertained with the record player. She learned the words to Ann Murray’s Snow Bird and Marie Osmond’s Paper Roses and hasn’t stopped since. Not until her husband began to learn how to finger pick, did she develop a love for bluegrass music. Beth has developed an extensive repertoire consisting of many of the modern day ladies of bluegrass (i.e. Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent). She has written and co-written several songs that are heartfelt and genuine. It’s very obvious to those around her that she has a pleasing voice, but she is very humbled by the attention it garnishes.

Dale Smith began toying with a guitar when he was very young. Not until his early thirties did he seriously set out to learn flat-picking. He quickly developed a talent, not only for the six-string, but also for his singing ability. His high-lonesome sound lends itself well to the bluegrass genre. Early on, Dale began performing with a family band, Touch of Grass and eventually found his niche with Blues Creek (not to mention his wife pushing him on after he had a heart transplant in 2002!).

David O’Brien has always had affection for music. At the age of 6, his older brother brought home a bluegrass record by the Seldom Scene, a group that had performed at a local club in Winston-Salem, NC. John Duffy has probably been the greatest influence on David’s mandolin playing and interest in singing bluegrass. At the age of 14, David started playing the mandolin so that he could be a part of a high school group that already had a guitar and a banjo player. With that incentive, and the discovery of David Grisman, the mandolin became an obsession that lasts to this day. David enjoys playing a Duff mandolin, as well as prized Kimble and Cohen mandolins. He is the co-founder of the Southeast CoMando Gathering, an informal group of mandolin enthusiasts that meet once a year in Ashe County, North Carolina.

Kevin Hicks began playing guitar around age 8. At the age 15, he purchased his first banjo and began teaching himself. After playing in local venues and jams, Kevin realized that bluegrass is where he belonged. In 1991, Kevin ventured out to pursue the upright acoustic bass. In just a short while, he became one of the most rock solid bass players in the area. His influences are Flatt & Scruggs, The Country Gentlemen, Blue Highway, and IIIrd Time Out. He was a founding member of the group Touch of Grass. He later helped form Blues Creek. His impeccable timing and knowledge of music makes him a valuable asset. He provides such a solid foundation.

Joe Freeman began playing lap steel in a band with his family at the age of 7. At the age of 12, he purchased and began playing a National steel bodied resonator guitar. Joe bought a Dobro at the age of 14 and continued playing in the family band until age 18. While attending Appalachian State University, Joe played Dobro in a four piece bluegrass band. After graduation, he joined a local band called “Carolina Grass.” In 1983, he began playing pedal steel for “C B Express” and continued for the next 9 years. In 2005 he had the opportunity to start playing Dobro with Blues Creek. Joe also makes his own signature Dobros, the Jobro.

Scott Brown hails from the small town of King, N.C. He started playing banjo at the age of 10, following the footsteps of his father, John. He has traveled extensively in the southeast playing in various bluegrass bands. Some of which include: Donald Beasley Band, Carolina Bluegrass Band, Hot Pursuit, Carolina Grass, Wood & Steel, Hard Times Band, and eventually joining Blues Creek. Not only is he an accomplished musician, instructor and vocalist, his songwriting skills are second to none. Scott can take a simple tune and work it up in such a manner that the mundane becomes the extraordinary.

Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 2:30 PM

Greensboro Cultural Center
Band Rehearsal Hall, bottom floor
200 N. Davie Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

Bring instrument for jam sessions
Sponsored by City of Greensboro, City Arts

Featuring:

The Twisted Grass Entourage

Twisted Grass Entourage

The band began as a true parking lot band at the second Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival. The band was originally called The Sledge Tones. This was in honor of Ed “Sledge” Hammer. Over the years we have had members from at least seven states. We have performed in the band contest on the Austin Stage in every festival since that first time and placed second in the competition twice. After Hammer left the band, the name was changed two years ago.

Thanks to Rodger Lenhardt, we have been regulars at the Coffee Barn stage these last four years. We have great fan support and played in front of enthusiastic crowds. Our music is traditional Bluegrass mixed together with rock, country and the blues. Thus the name Twisted Grass. Like our friends Big Fat Gap, we try to bring all types of music to the Bluegrass format.

Band members include one original member with Big “T” Lassiter holding down the upright Bass and vocal duties. Jon Hardee is on guitar/vocals, Phil Lanier is the mandolin player/vocalist and Pammy Davis sings harmony and plays the Scheerhorn resonator guitar.

Jon Hardee is a talented picker, singer and songwriter and is a veteran of The Filmore Valley Boys. He works in the radio production field and has an incredible ear. Jon has an extremely diverse repertoire of songs that has twisted the band around yet again.

Phil Lanier comes to us from a different genre of music. He has been in and out of Bluegrass and played other types of music such as beach, top 40, country, and classic rock. Phil brings a unique style of mandolin playing to the band.

With the addition of Pammy Davis “The Queen of North Carolina Bluegrass” on Dobro, the band has come into its own. Pammy was a founding member of the Charlotte Folk Society and High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association in the Greensboro area. She has tirelessly promoted, attended and played Bluegrass since 1976. She is a veteran of many bands including her own band Southern Magnolia who have been together since 1995 with two CD’s under their belt. In addition, she has won or placed in most of the Fiddlers Conventions where she has played.

The band is promoted and led by the biggest music fan in North Carolina. At 6’7” and 300 pounds, Big T Lassiter commands a whole lot of space. Big “T” tries hard to please singing the music he loves. He is the heart of the band while keeping everyone laughing and on beat. “T” is also the EmCee of the annual High Lonesome Strings Pickin’ in the Park Bluegrass Festival and the Union Grove Fiddler’s Convention.

Places members of The Twisted Grass Entourage have played are: Red Bud Bluegrass Festival, Big Lick Bluegrass Festival, Big Fat Gap Holiday Reunion at the Haw River Ballroom, Bass Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Chatham General Store, Pickin’ in the Park Bluegrass Festival, and Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival.

Fiddlers Conventions where members of The Twisted Grass Entourage have competed and won prizes are: Eastern Montgomery (in 2014, band won 3rd place and all members won 3rd or 4th place on their instruments), North Moore (in 2012, band won 2nd place), Star (Pammy won 3rd place two years in a row), Galax (Pammy won 5th place two years in a row), Mt. Airy (Pammy has won all 5 places), and Sparta (Pammy won 1st place twice).

From Monroe to the Gibson Brothers, from Hank to Cash, Jennings to Jamey Johnson, and Brad Paisley. From the Stones to Little Feat, Delbert McClinton to John Prine, nothing is off limits to The Twisted Grass Entourage.

E-mail: pammydavis@triad.rr.com, TwistedGrass on Facebook, YouTube

Sunday, February 23, 2014 @ 2:30 PM

Greensboro Cultural Center
Band Rehearsal Hall, bottom floor
200 N. Davie Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

Bring instrument for jam sessions
Sponsored by City of Greensboro, City Arts

Featuring:

Southern Magnolia

Southern MagnoliaSouthern Magnolia marked its serendipitous beginnings in the spring of 1995. Three of its members had, at various times, frequented a local haunt for Bluegrass musicians known as Brown’s Ole Opry located in McLeansville, North Carolina. On this particular occasion, the women from different corners of the Piedmont had gathered in the back room to jam. It was just a few short weeks later that the group jelled into its first configuration. After twelve years together, they recorded their first musical project titled “Something Blue”. Four of the songs were penned by two of the band members, Judy and Cindy. In 1999, the second CD was recorded titled “Down Home with Southern Magnolia” with five more originals from Judy, Cindy, Pammy and Susan. This CD project will be available at the concert. The band consists of the following members:

Judy Arnette: Guitar, Lead Vocals –  Although Judy has been singing since her early youth, she began playing guitar only in the late 70s. At that time, under the influence of her guitar teacher and friend, she began singing some of the traditional Stanley Brothers’ tunes. Judy became known among local jam sessions as the “Carter Half” of the Stanley Sisters’ duo. In addition to singing and playing, Judy enjoys trying her hand at song writing. The band features her original tunes: “Something Blue”, “Leave Me Free”, “Just for Tonight”, “You Can’t Go Home Again” and “Heart of my Heart”, a song written about her husband’s heart transplant. Something Blue”, is on the 1st CD and the latter two songs appear on the 2nd CD. Since her retirement from a 40-year teaching career, Judy has been sharing her music as a volunteer with the Adult Center for Enrichment, Adams Farm Living and other senior facilities in the Greensboro area. Judy is from Greensboro, North Carolina.

Pammy Davis: Dobro, Harmony Vocals - Pammy has been playing Dobro since June 1997. Previous to the Dobro, she played bass with Southern Magnolia until former Bass player Louise Wilson joined the band in September 1997. She has performed in several small bands throughout the years competing in fiddler’s conventions and entertaining at parties. In addition to playing Dobro, Pammy also plays bass. Pammy is a charter member of the Charlotte Folk Music Society and along with Judy and Cindy, started a Bluegrass Association in the area called High Lonesome Strings of which she was President for ten years. Her very first song that she co-wrote with Cindy appears on the latest CD and is titled “Chimney Rock Slide”. Pammy resides in Pleasant Garden, North Carolina.

Susan Owen: Mandolin, Lead and Harmony Vocals - Susan, from Gibsonville, North Carolina, joined Southern Magnolia in November, 2003. She has been actively involved in music all her life. Her Bachelor of Music in Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro opened the door for her to share her knowledge and passion for music with others. She taught choral/general music to children for 25 years in the Guilford County School System. Susan retired from her teaching position in She served in the music ministry at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church and Gibsonville United Methodist Church both as accompanist and adult/children’s choir director. Presently Susan is the Music Director at Bethel United Methodist Church in southern Alamance County. Her first vocal composition “Carolina Callin’” appears on the band’s 2nd CD.

Cindy Tucker: Banjo, Harmony Vocals - Cindy was inspired by her father’s love for the music and for the banjo in particular. Due to this inspiration, she began to play banjo in the late 80s. The artistically crafted instrument that she plays on stage was made by her father. In addition to her exceptional contributions on the banjo and vocal harmonies, Cindy also is a songwriter and penned the instrumental “Fox in the Hen House” and, along with Pammy, composed the instrumental “Chimney Rock Slide”. Her vocal number “Will You Love Me Anyway” written about her brother-in-law’s care for his wife was on the first CD. Her vocal number “There’s An Empty Place” along with “Chimney Rock Slide” appear on the latest CD. Cindy is from Altamahaw, North Carolina.

Keith Carroll: Bass, Harmony Vocals - Keith Carroll is a most sought after Bass player from Eden, North Carolina. He is a multi-instrumentalist playing Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, and Guitar and is learning how to play some basic Dobro. In addition to the typical “Bluegrass” instruments, he plays Saxophone, Harmonica, Hammered Dulcimer, Autoharp, Bowed Psaltery, Ukulele, Banjimer, Lap Dulcimer, Didgeridoo and can still play an old piano recital piece if he can find the music. He joined Southern Magnolia in November, 2003. He enjoys the YMCA for a workout on the elliptical, with weights, and swimming.

Sunday, January 26, 2013 2:30 PM (Note the new time!)

Greensboro Cultural Center
Band Rehearsal Hall, bottom floor
200 N. Davie Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

Bring instrument for jam sessions
Sponsored by City of Greensboro, City Arts

Featuring:

The Edwards Family

The Edwards Family

Ever since they were young children, ministry has been a part of daily life for The Edwards Family. Raised in a Pentecostal church pastored by their grandfather, the family grew together–spiritually and musically. There, they developed a passion and adoration for bluegrass gospel music. From old hymns, to new gospel songs, and even on down to their own original material, The Edwards Family is always sure to deliver an exciting performance, all while spreading the love of Jesus Christ. Their close family ties and love for the Lord is very evident in their performances and ministry.

Over the past ten years, the Edwards Family has been playing and singing bluegrass gospel music at venues throughout North Carolina and its surrounding states. During this period of time, the Lord has blessed them with numerous awards and recognitions. They were honored to receive their first award ever as a family band, the 2005 Junior Bluegrass Champions at Fiddler’s Grove Festival in Union Grove, North Carolina. More recently, they were awarded second place at the Got To Be NC State Fair in Raleigh, NC. In 2010 and 2011, Alex took home the award of First Place Senior Banjo Champion at Fiddler’s Grove, and in 2013 he placed second at the prestigious MerleFest Banjo competition in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

The family’s latest album is entitled “The Road Less Traveled”, and was recorded in 2012 at Easter Enterprises. The album features many old hymns and traditional gospel tunes, but also showcases the writing talents of the group. Most of the music recorded on this album is making its way to video! Earlier this year, the Edwards Family recorded with Bluegrass Road, a new television series designed and created by the producers of the award winning TV show, Great American Gospel. Bluegrass Road airs weekly on the Blue Highways TV Network.

Saturday, December 14, 2013  6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Tabernacle Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
5601 Liberty Rd
Greensboro NC 27406

There will be a Pot Luck Supper. Please bring a side dish and a door prize. Don’t forget your instrument for jamming!

Kids, keep on the lookout for Santa!

Featuring:

The Loose Strings Band

Loose Strings

The Loose Strings Band is an all girls band, four members ranging in age from sixteen to nineteen years of age. Once known as a youth band, the girls have now crossed over into the adult league and placed thirteenth out of 178 registered bands in the world famous Galax Fiddlers Convention! The band has been together now for nine years, playing at bluegrass conventions, weddings, benefits, churches, festivals etc. They are known in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and beyond for their nice blend of vocal harmonies and sweet rhythms. They are also unique in their style since they all play an instrument and sing (finding that sound equipment personnel are not usually equipped for eight mics and if they do, it is a rare find). Over the years they have won contests and even got to play at the Little Nashville Palace in Nashville TN. They have also traveled to Ohio for the city of Galax and Grayson County to promote tourism of the area. They were recognized as the “best entertainment” of the entire expo. They are planning a trip to Tampa Florida in January for Virginia Tourism as well! As the girls have gone through their early years, high school years and now that three of them in college, they still manage to keep the band alive and thriving! Somehow through their love of music, determination, and very busy lives, they have completed two CDs produced by the famous Banjoist Sammy Shelor and manager of the Lonesome River Band. The first was “The Bluegrass Album: The Next Chapter” and the newest being the Gospel CD “Everlasting Faith”. From their strong roots in the Appalachian mountains, the girl’s exposure to many different varieties of old-time, folk, and bluegrass influences in the area allowed them to find their own style. Their love for the music and each other has helped them prevail through obstacles that may come their way. God has blessed them with wonderful talents, fans, and family! They could not do it without everyone’s support! Coming from a family history of musicians, friendships and God, they hope to leave their listeners with enjoyment and pleasure from each performance.

Ashley Nale has been playing the bluegrass banjo since she was 11 years old! She was born in Nashville TN, but has lived in Galax, VA most of her life and has had a strong influence and rich tradition of Bluegrass music, which surrounds her here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She has been a member of The Loose Strings Band since it’s formation 9 years ago. Ashley adds lead vocals and a strong alto blend to the rich harmony of this band. She has taken lessons from Stevie Barr, Houston Caldwell, Jodi King, Sammy Shelor and Danny Stewart. Ashley has recently completed an apprenticeship with Sammy Shelor master banjoist! This was through the Virginia Folk Life Apprenticeship program. Sammy is the leader of The Lonesome River Band .This opportunity was truly amazing! Ashley is currently enrolled at ETSU and wants to be a Nurse Practitioner while she continues to be a part of The Loose Strings Band.

Channing Russell attends Wytheville community college and is currently making decisions on which four year college to attend. She plans to complete a degree in business and become a CPA. Channing’s church is Locust Grove Church of Christ in Galax, Virginia. She loves playing music and hunting in her spare time. Channing began playing the guitar several years ago and became a member of The Loose Strings Band. Being a part of the band has brought many enjoyable times and has given Channing many new “music” friends.

Grace Wilson has been going full speed since day one. Grace has been around bluegrass music since she was born. Her dad plays mandolin, guitar and bass. She began clogging at the age of 5 and her feet haven’t stopped moving since! Grace began playing the fiddle around the age of 7, but soon the bass became her true love. Grace also enjoys playing the guitar. The first band Grace was a member of was “The Galax Little Leaves”. About 9 years ago she began playing with “The Loose Strings Band”…. who also happened to be her best friends! Grace is planning on attending ETSU in the Spring and will be a communications major with a minor in Bluegrass!

Lindsey Nale is the youngest of the group, but the tallest so everyone thinks she is the oldest! She plays soccer and is active on the cheerleading squad. . She also enjoys drama and has participated in several musicals. She is an active member of her church where she is involved with youth and ACTteens. She has been a member of The Loose Strings Band for 9 years. Lindsey’s sister Ashley also is a member of the band. Lindsey enjoys playing the fiddle and loves to sing lead/harmony vocals for the band. Lindsey was recently asked to provide lead vocals on a youth project CD with many other talented musicians under Mountain Road Recordings/Close Kin. The CD will make its debut in April 2014! Lindsey’s has been known to bring loads of energy and laughter to the band and those around her!

Sunday, October 27, 2013 2:30 PM

(Note the new starting time)

 
Greensboro Cultural Center
Band Rehearsal Hall, bottom floor
200 N. Davie Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

Bring instrument for jam sessions
Sponsored by Music Center City Arts

Featuring:

C & J Bluegrass

C&J Bluegrass

Chris Jobe began playing at the ripe age of 3. He sings lead and harmony. He is the youngest and most talented of the group….being able to play anything he picks up! His main instruments are banjo, guitar, dobro, mandolin, fiddle and bass. Chris resides in Mebane, North Carolina with his wife Mandi.

Jimmy Jobe is a founding member of C&J Bluegrass. He plays guitar and sings lead and harmony. Jimmy is a hard working country fella who has his hands full keeping all the band members in line and he is now enjoying retirement. Jimmy resides in Mebane, North Carolina with his wife Cathie.

Lynn Fogleman sings lead and harmony for C&J. He has written several songs for the group. He might be the most vertically challenged fella of the group but don’t let his small size fool you…he has a voice that is to be heard and enjoyed by all! Lynn resides in Snow Camp, North Carolina with his wife Teresa.

Don Windsor is known as the Old man of the group and plays mandolin and guitar along with lead and harmony vocals. He and Jimmy are enjoying the luxury of retirement. Don is a talented song writer and also does a great Johnny Cash/Willie Nelson impersonation. Don resides in Mebane, North Carolina.

We welcome Barry McCauley to the band as our bass player. Barry is well known in the bluegrass community as part of Carolina Drive and The Bluegrass Staff. Barry resides in Mebane, North Carolina with his wife Teresa.

IBMA 2013 LogoWe are extremely excited that the High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association will be a part of the free IBMA World of Bluegrass Street Fair in Raleigh, NC in September! The location will be on Fayetteville Street between Lenoir Street and Morgan Street in Downtown Raleigh. Dates are Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th from noon until 11 pm. At our club tent, we will showcase our talented HLS bands and you are welcome to come participate and jam and help share HLS information. In order to encourage young musicians, student memberships will be awarded free during the two days at the Street Fair. Elizabeth Greeson is still setting up the volunteer time slots so please contact her as soon as you can! For more information please contact Elizabeth Greeson at Greeson.elizabeth@yahoo.com.

 Friday, September 27

  •  Noon: Open Jam
  • 1 pm: Loose Strings
  • 2 pm: C&J Bluegrass
  • 3 pm: TBA
  • 4 pm: Piedmont Pickers
  • 5 pm: Al Batten & the Bluegrass Reunion
  • 6 pm: Sons of the South
  • 7 pm: Stills Family Band
  • 8 pm: Daniel Greeson and Friends
  • 9 pm: Destination Bluegrass
  • 10pm: Blue Lightnin’

Saturday, Sept. 28

  •  Noon: Never Too Late
  • 1 pm: Millstream Band
  • 2 pm: Big T and His Twisted Grass Entourage
  • 3 pm: Cornbread Revival
  • 4 pm: The Outliers
  • 5 pm: GrassStreet
  • 6 pm: Tim Smith and Friends
  • 7 pm: Samantha Casey & the Bluegrass Jam
  • 8 pm: Wood Family Tradition
  • 9 pm: Fret High
  • 10pm: Bethesda Bluegrass

Please Note: Schedule is subject to change

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