Sunday, February 22, 2015 @ 2:30 PMGreensboro Cultural Center Band Rehearsal Hall, bottom floor 200 N. Davie Street Greensboro, NC 27401
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Sponsored by City of Greensboro, City Arts
Double H Bluegrass
Double H Bluegrass Band is from the Piedmont of North Carolina, featuring high energy Traditional Bluegrass and Country Music, and putting a bluegrass spin on some non-traditionally bluegrass tunes. With performances ranging from 2-5 players, Double H features Bob Hight and Kirby Heard out front, with Randy Meeks on banjo, Danny Murphy playing upright bass & Glenn Craver on guitar. Double H Bluegrass Band has played at the Blind Tiger, Ziggy’s Tavern, Fat Mac’s Pork Schop, High Point Relay for Life, The Claddagh, George’s Pizza, TJ’s Bar & Billiards, Little Cedar Grocery and opened for Lonesome River Band at Wayside Bluegrass Festival in Stewart, VA.
Bob Hight – Lead vocal, guitar & mandolin – from High Point / Greensboro, NC. Bob started playing lap steel at age 12. His dad also taught him to play pedal steel, guitar and bass. Influenced by the music of Elvis, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis, and also the country sounds of Hank Williams, Little Jimmy Dickens, Webb Pierce and others, Bob played country music throughout the 4 ½ yrs. he served in the U S Air Force. He then spent the next 12 years in the Piedmont of NC playing with gospel groups, and later with the Mason Dixon Band and his own group, Country Thunder, until 1999. Bob fell in love with Bluegrass music in 2000 and started playing mandolin; after meeting Kirby Heard in 2012, they started Double H Bluegrass Band.
Kirby Heard – Lead vocal & harmony – from St. Louis, MO. Kirby played ukulele and autoharp at an early age, and later learned guitar and flute, playing and singing mostly folk music. Kirby moved to NC in 1983 and sang with the band Slightly Askew between 2000 and 2002. After an almost 25 year hiatus, Kirby picked up guitar again and joined a jam circle, where she met Bob Hight. In spite of her lack of bluegrass experience, the harmonies seemed natural and she & Bob discovered their vocal blend; on the urging of friends, they formed Double H Bluegrass Band in 2012. Kirby has been learning to play banjo, mandolin & Dobro. Prior to a nasty broken wrist she suffered in May 2014, she was playing rhythm guitar for Double H; she currently has resorted to vocals and periodic mandolin chop.
Randy Meeks – banjo & harmony – is from Wallburg, NC. Randy has played banjo & upright bass since 1978 and recently started learning to play Dobro. Randy adds bass harmonies on vocals to Double H as well. He has previously played with Crusher Run and Cimmeron Knight Riders.
Danny Murphy – upright bass – from Culpepper, VA – Danny’s father taught him and his twin brother to play when they were only 6; he started playing bass at age 12. Studying music throughout high school in Warrenton, VA, he participated in Stage Band and Chorus. Danny has played in many bands across numerous genres of music from Country, Rock, R&B and Bluegrass, and he spent 14 years with the Bluegrass Gospel band “ALL 4 HYM”. Based in Northern Virginia, the band traveled extensively throughout the east coast and into Tennessee and Missouri and has released several CDs. Double H Bluegrass is honored to have found Danny and pleased that he has joined us after recently moving to High Point, NC.
Glenn Craver – guitar – from Wallburg, NC. Glenn Says, “My guitar playing started as it did with so many young men with the British invasion in the early sixties. From there I played in country bands for several years. After retiring from teaching, I began playing some fiddle tunes and decided to visit the bluegrass festivals around the area and surrounding states. I have been so fortunate to have received flatpicking and finger-style awards in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama. One of the highlights of playing occurred recently when I was invited to play some tunes with a traditional pub band in Kilarney, Ireland. My goal in playing is to support what my band-mates are playing and to just add a little layer to enhance the tune. Music needs a little quiet space more often than not. Thanks for letting me play for you.” We are so honored to have Glenn enhancing our sound with his rhythm and lead guitar work.