Saturday, December 14, 2013 6:00 PM – 11:00 PMTabernacle 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!
The Loose Strings Band
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!