Friday and Saturday, September 12-13, 2014Hagan-Stone Park Campground 5920 Hagan-Stone Park Road Pleasant Garden NC 27313
Call for Reservations at 336-641.7275 or reserve online at http://haganstone.guilfordparks.com/ and click on Camping.
HLS will be using campground area C23-C41 (right half of Area C). The shelter was not available to reserve this year but there will be a large canopy area set up at the far right corner of the campground area for group activities.
Friday and Saturday: Jamming
Choose your pick – at group canopy area or at campsites up to when the Park Manager says shut it down.
Saturday: Pot Luck at 5:30 PM
The club will provide BBQ, plates and utensils; you provide a side dish or dessert and your drink or a donation for supplies. Located at the group canopy area.
Saturday: Youth Showcase at 6:30 PM
If you are a youth, High Lonesome Strings would like to feature your music at our gathering on Saturday, September 13th at 6:30 pm. If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Greeson at 336.687.3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The featured band, Sons of the South, will be able to back you up, if desired.
Saturday: Sons of the South perform at 7:00 PM
Sons of the South is a local bluegrass band that has been entertaining bluegrass lovers for decades. They continue to be crowd favorites wherever they play, delivering their own hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music, performing traditional as well original material. The band entertains regularly at Sims Country BBQ, Mt. Gilead Music Barn and Debbie’s Country Kitchen. They proudly won 1st place at Yadkin County Fiddler’s Convention this year and claimed 4th place recently at the fiddler’s convention in Galax. The band is extremely excited about returning to Raleigh on October 3, 2014, to perform at the Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival.
Sons of the South currently consist of Michael Souther (banjo and vocals), Gary Isenhour (guitar and vocals), Connor Lambert (mandolin and Vocals), Keith Dunn (fiddle and vocals) and Franklin Rash (bass).
Michael Souther, a long standing member of Sons of the South, best describes the history behind this successful band: “The Sons of the South was founded in the 1950’s with Avery Aiken on banjo and my father, Luther Souther, on guitar. The band came back together in the 1980’s with Tommy Killian playing the fiddle and singing tenor and lead. Luther Souther played bass and sang baritone. Gary Isenhour played guitar, sang lead and tenor. My name is Michael Souther and I play banjo and sing lead, baritone and tenor. I was blessed to play with these great men over the next thirty years. The band has had many members who have come and gone, but all are family to me.” Souther lives in Statesville.
Gary Isenhour lives in Stony Point, NC. Gary’s soulful voice, coupled with his hard-driving flat-picking style on guitar, is a true asset to Sons of the South. He has played with various bands throughout the area including Dewey Farmer and Powder Creek, Harold Killian and the Catawba River Boys as well as the popular Dry Run Bluegrass Band. Gary played a short time with LW Lambert and The Blue River Boys. He played with the Sons of the South from 1989-1999 and proudly re-joined the band in January of this year. He has won numerous accolades for his talents, including awards at Galax, VA and multiple other fiddlers’ conventions. Gary has opened for such greats as the Country Gentlemen, Bobby Hicks, Blue Highway, and the Jeanette Williams Band. When not working his normal job and performing with Sons of the South, Gary enjoys cruising the back roads on his motorcycle with his wife, Maria.
Connor Lambert lives in Troutman, NC. Connor is a widely traveled musician, having played mandolin for nearly 40 years. He comes from a musical family, having traveled and played music with his father, the late Garland Lambert. Connor is also the pastor at Troutman Church of God. Lambert has recorded with many different people over his career. He sings lead and harmony vocals with Sons of the South.
Keith Dunn is originally from Atlanta, GA but has lived for many years now in Winston Salem, NC. During his youth, his parents were active in gospel music, performing as a gospel duet in churches around the region and playing piano and autoharp. He taught himself guitar and piano at a young age but became seriously interested in bluegrass and fiddle playing after visiting Everett’s Music Barn in Suwanee, GA. Since moving to NC, Keith has been fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country and to help fine groups like Sons of the South carry on the bluegrass tradition.
Franklin Rash is originally from Union Grove, NC. He comes from a musical family and background. He has been involved with bluegrass music since childhood and has performed with friends, family as well as other musicians. Rash has performed with organized musical groups including: Grass Vibrations (family band), Murphy Brothers with L.W. Lambert and L.W. Lambert & The Blue River Boys. He began performing with Sons of the South in December 2013. Rash provides a solid foundation on bass for all of Sons of the South music.
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.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 2:30 PMStonefield Cellars Winery 8220 NC Hwy 68 N Stokesdale NC
The Facebook page for The Outliers describes their music as unexpected acoustic music. From Bluegrass Today : The Outliers, as the name of this North Carolina band might suggest, aren’t afraid to stray beyond the bounds of bluegrass for their self-titled debut CD. The band consists of Hank Bowman on Guitar and vocals, Stan Brown on Banjo and vocals, Spencer Mobley on Mandolin and vocals, and Julie Brown on Bass.
Hank Bowman is a singer/songwriter from North Carolina. With The Outliers, Hank brings diverse musical influences together in his writing and performing. “The Outliers came together at a perfect time for us to experiment and explore with acoustic music free from any outside expectations.” With the Outliers, Hank has been able to explore and stretch out musically. “Pete Rowan has had the biggest impact on me musically…he’s not afraid to play what’s really speaking to him at the moment, be it traditional bluegrass or something else. The Outliers gives me and my band mates a chance to explore and create traditional music with subtle flavorings from reggae, world music and Americana to create something new and unexpected.” In 2011, Hank released a solo project called “Lonely”. It was produced by Russell Johnson and features some of NC’s best bluegrass musicians. You can order “Lonely” in the band’s website Store!
Stan Brown is undoubtedly one of the best to ever pick the five string banjo. After years in Nashville playing with the likes of Grand Ole Opry stars Wilma Lee Cooper and Bill Monroe, Stan returned to his home state of North Carolina to become a first call banjo picker. He is widely regarded for his unique backup licks that give life to any song. Stan sings great harmony and has a powerful ear for arrangements.
Julie Brown on bass has a sense of tone and timing that is highly sought after. After a solid run with the national stage, Julie joins The Outliers to hold down the rock solid upright bass duties with style and grace, knowing that what you don’t play is as important as what you do play. She is truly an enlightened bass player.
Spencer Mobley is a native of Raleigh, NC. He has been playing bluegrass for over a decade and is equally at home on the guitar or mandolin. With the Outliers, Spencer incorporates his mandolin playing and singing into the unique material and definitive sound one can expect from the Outliers performances. Spencer’s musical tastes and influences cover a wide range of artists and genres and he is a bit of a historian of the music we all love.
Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM
At Shelter 5
5920 Hagan-Stone Park Road
Pleasant Garden NC 27313
Bring instrument for jam sessions
Saturday, May 17, 2014 – 9:30AM – 6:00 PMHagan-Stone Park 5920 Hagan-Stone Park Road Pleasant Garden NC 27313
High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association & Hagan-Stone Park present the 17th Annual Pickin’ in the Park Bluegrass Music Festival at the Clyde Davis Memorial Stage in Hagan-Stone Park. The public is invited to bring a chair or picnic blanket and come share with us a day of free music. Bring an instrument and come early to attend free bluegrass instrument workshops hosted by regional and professional musicians! Please visit the Picking in the Park page for more details. This year’s headliner are Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion:
As bandleader and co-founder of the Bluegrass Reunion, Al Batten has proven true the concept that time, practice, and dedication are what it takes to master the 5-string banjo. The “3-T’s” are his staples: Taste, Timing, and Tone. Following his initiation to the instrument in his teens, Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, Bill Emerson, Walter Hensley, and Billy Edwards heavily influenced him. And by combining these influences, Al developed a unique style of his own. In addition, his lead singing is second to none. For just as soon as he sings the first note, you can immediately tell it comes straight from the heart! By carrying on his family tradition in agriculture (farmer, leader in the local FFA, former Boy Scout leader, and retired agriculture teacher), Al has learned to keep things down to earth, not only in his music, but in life as a whole. His quick wit and down-home demeanor only add to his outgoing personality and his good-hearted nature. These traits have become the standard for the Bluegrass Reunion, not only in the music business, but in his home, church, and community, as well. Al has two children, Brian and Lori; four grandchildren, Lily, Cate, Sarah, and Nickolas; and makes his home in Selma, NC.
Handling the guitar chores for the Bluegrass Reunion is band co-founder David Turnage. By coincidence, he and Al both bought their first banjos the same week, from the same music store. Shortly after that, David realized that the banjo was not necessarily his instrument of choice and switched to the guitar. He and Al founded the Bluegrass Reunion in 1973 and have stuck together ever since. His rhythm playing and tasteful choice of “runs” on the guitar highlight the timing for the unit and is the foundation for keeping the band “gelled” together. In addition, his solid baritone singing rounds out the trios, while his lead singing lends a smoother, more heartfelt feeling to the numbers he is featured on. David is a retired engineer from BellSouth and retired from the NC National Guard at the Rank of Command Sgt. Major. His extremely outgoing personality and knowledge of current events allow him to interject a highly informed viewpoint to any conversation, as well as to be able to interact with people from all walks of life. Still living within a stone’s throw of the home where he was raised in, David still dabbles in farming and like other members of the band, he exhibits a strong dedication to family and community. He and his wife Jeanette have two children, Allen and Nona; grandchildren Addilee, Kathryn, McKenna, Luke and Coy; and live in Wilson’s Mills, NC.
Newest member of the Bluegrass Reunion, Mike Aldridge, comes to the band with a great wealth of experience. Having played in bands such as Joe Snipes and the Country Boys, The Camp Springs Newgrass, AL Wood and the Smoky Ridge Boys, The Bass Mountain Boys, and The Bluegrass Experience, Mike is considered one of the best traditional mandolin stylists in the nation today!! His sense of timing and love for the traditional sound of bluegrass music have proven to fit right in with the Bluegrass Reunion and the direction in which they want their music to go. Mike is an automotive technician and along with his wife Linda and sons Brian, Daniel, and Nathan make their home in Saxapahaw, NC.
A veteran bluegrass performer, fiddler Johnny Ridge brings in the completing element to round out the unit. His fiddling style is heavily influenced by some of the pioneers of bluegrass music’s beginnings, as well as many second generation fiddlers: Chubby Wise, Tater Tate, Benny Martin, Jim Shumate, and Bobby Hicks, just to name a few. However, his greatest influence came from his father, who started him out playing at the age of 10. He has worked in many different groups down through the years, most notably his 16-year stint with the now-defunct Bass Mountain Boys. Before joining the Bluegrass Reunion, he and his father reunited as members of Pete Corum & Rising Sun. He has worked on many recording sessions and even tried his hand at acting in a couple of dinner theater productions. Johnny contributes his bass singing to the quartets and occasionally can be persuaded to add a baritone or lead voice to the trios. A true team player with a strong affection for “the old sound”, his desire to bring the tradition back to the bluegrass meshes perfectly with the rest of the group’s ideas towards where they want to take their music. Also highly devoted to family and church, Johnny and his wife Cindy have two children, Laura and Will and granddaughter Kendall and grandson Caden. He is a thirty-one year veteran with the NC Department of Transportation and he and his family reside in Mebane, NC.
A quiet man by nature, Phil Patterson lets his upright bass fiddle do the talking for him by holding down the bottom end and keeping the unit in time. His musical roots go back to the country rock sound where he played electric bass in several local bands. But when the bluegrass bug hit him, he went all out to learn the acoustic bass studying not only the techniques and musical importance of the instrument, but the history behind it, as well. His dedication to the music and the instrument has allowed him to become one of the most tasteful and solid bass players around. Also rooted in agriculture, Phil, along with his father and son, still operates the family farm. With the federal regulations now being imposed on NC’s cash crop, tobacco, Phil and his partners have ventured into another alternative style of farming greenhouse vegetables. Over the past couple of years, they have gained the reputation of raising “the best greenhouse tomatoes in NC!” His standards of hard work and dedication to family life also carries over to his music. By being committed to the “band sound”, he realizes that his role is the same as everyone else’s – not to stand out, but to blend in and support along with the others- a trait not commonly found in today’s music or society. Phil and his wife Linda have two children, Ryan and Emily; grandchildren Reece, Rylan, and Savanna; and live in Seminole, NC.
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.