Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 2:30 PMMt Hope United Church of Christ 2400 Mt Hope Church Road Whitsett NC 27377
Bring instrument for jam sessions
NuHiWay presents a newly formed, all acoustic Bluegrass band consisting of familiar faces, with 150+ years of combined performing & recording experience. they were founded in 2007 by guitarist and vocalist, Joe Mahaffey. When he joined the popular group Sons of the South in 2010, Joe continued NuHiWay, primarily to perform Bluegrass Gospel events separate and apart from his regular gig with Sons of the South. When Sons of the South banjo player Michael Souther moved on to other projects in December 2013, NuHiWay became the full time endeavor of the remaining four members from Sons of the South; Mahaffey on guitar, Tom Isenhour on mandolin, Rick Lowe on fiddle and Jim Connell on bass. Collectively, these members bring more than 150 years of experience performing and recording Bluegrass music, from highly traditional to moderately contemporary.
Mahaffey and Connell were both founding members of Blue Denim in 1972, a band molded in the likeness of the most cutting edge Bluegrass group of that time, The Seldom Scene. They toured and recorded with Blue Denim throughout the decade. Following the breakup of that group in 1978, Mahaffey continued to work with Blue Denim founder, R. C. Harris, into the eighties, as well as with other groups over the next two decades. Connell went into semi-retirement from the Bluegrass scene, playing occasional gigs into the early nineties, then retiring to Myrtle Beach SC. He came out of retirement to join Sons of the South in 2011, and now moves on with Mahaffey and the guys to NuHiWay. Jim lives in Statesville NC, is single and retired, while Joe resides in Olin NC, just north of Statesville, with his wife Marilyn. They operate an independent insurance agency.
Tom Isenhour is possibly the most award winning mandolin player ever in the Carolinas, with sixteen world titles to his credit, as well as many others. He has worked and recorded with many groups over the years, and is best known for his Monroe-style playing, his vast collection of acoustic instruments, and his knowledge of Bluegrass history. Tom hails from Salisbury NC, where he maintains a 1,000 square foot museum of vintage instruments and artifacts from the fifties, sixties and more, right in his home. Apart from maintaining the museum and pickin’ Bluegrass, Tom is retired and lives with his wife Cathy, and daughter Laura.
Rick Lowe has lent his fiddle, mandolin and vocal work to many groups and projects over the last forty years, most notably the popular Atlanta based band, Gritz, the Stoney Creek String Band, Boot Hill, String Fever and more recently, Rockford Express. As far back as the 1970’s, Rick also played with back up bands for Bluegrass greats, including Mac Wiseman, Josh Graves, Chubby Wise, Carl Story and Snuffy Jenkins. He has several championships to his credit, and in 2007 he played fiddle with the Deer Creek Boys at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax VA, where the band succeeded in winning the First Place Bluegrass Band honors. After a successful professional career as a corporate executive in the insurance and financial services industry, Rick is now retired and devotes his time to NuHiWay, and to traveling as much as possible with his wife, Marty. They make their home in Winston-Salem NC. On another note, these days Rick may be best known as the Father of banjoist Andy Lowe, a former Galax World Champion banjo player himself, and a frequent guest player with NuHiWay.
The group is highly versatile in its performances, with vocals from all its members. Lowe is featured on both fiddle and mandolin, while Isenhour can be seen on mandolin, guitar and banjo. Mahaffey and Connell keep the timing rock solid on guitar and bass. The band’s repertoire includes traditional Bluegrass material from the 1950’s, more contemporary flare from the ’60’s and ’70’s, as well as tunes taken from other genres and rearranged to become solid Bluegrass favorites. And, you can always count on hearing some Bluegrass Gospel selections during every performance.