Friday through Sunday, April 11-13, 2014Stonefield 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
Outside/inside until 10pm, resume inside afterwards.
Saturday morning & afternoon: Jamming
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
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.