Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 2:30 PMGreensboro 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
The 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.
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