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High Lonesome Strings is proud to be announcing new Pickin’ in the Park Youth Scholarships which will be awarded annually to motivated students who are involved in traditional acoustic bluegrass music, who have demonstrated musical ability or an aptitude for music and who demonstrate a need for financial assistance for study.

The annual scholarship program has been made possible, in large part, through the generous donations to a HLS Educational Fund. We thank the many individuals, families and organizations who have donated to HLS over the years to help keep the club going and start this scholarship.

Individual applicants will be selected to receive scholarships up to $500 which may be applied to individual lessons or a traditional acoustic bluegrass camp/program of the applicant’s choice. Scholarship winners can select from camps and classes in all levels of acoustic bass, banjo, dobro, fiddle, guitar, or mandolin. All applicants must be residents of the North Carolina counties of Guilford, Randolph, Chatham, Alamance, Rockingham, Forsyth, Stokes or Davidson.

This is an exciting outreach opportunity for supporting our youth bluegrass musicians. Information on the scholarship along with the application is in the attached flyer. Spread the word!

Sunday, February 26, 2017 – 2:30 PM

 
Stonefield Cellars Winery
8220 NC Hwy 68 N
Stokesdale NC

Featuring:
The Rorrer Family

The Rorrer Family Band with members Doug, Taylor and Courtney perform a hybrid of bluegrass and old-time music. For this group, a plethora of musical influences and experiences come together to create a sound like no other.
Doug Rorrer grew up in Eden, North Carolina listening to his great-uncles Charlie Poole and Posey Rorer on old 78s on his father’s old Victrola. He cut his musical teeth on Poole’s music. His guitar “heroes” were Roy Harvey of Poole’s band, Riley Puckett of the Skillet Lickers, and a local guitarist, Gene Meade, who played in the Puckett style. Doug cites Doc Watson as one of his present day inspirations. Over the years, Doug has been fortunate enough to learn from and play with the likes of Norman Woodlieff, Lonnie Austin, and Buck and Alice Easley. Austin and Woodlieff played fiddle and guitar respectively with Poole’s North Carolina Ramblers.

Doug has taught guitar workshops and performed at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, WV; the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival in Ferrum, VA; MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC; the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA; the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau, AK; the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival; and the University of Chicago Folk Festival, among others. Doug and Taylor performed on a tour of England and Scotland in July of 2001 and also June of 2003. They also performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. June 25-29 of 2003. They were also featured (as a part of the Hungry Hash House Ramblers) at the 2004 Celtic Connections Festival at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, where they performed with Archie Fisher and Martin Stephenson.

Along with his late wife, Kathy, he started Flyin’ Cloud Records and recording studio, which specializes in old-time, bluegrass, and other traditional acoustic music. He still keeps the label/studio in operation.

Doug’s son, Taylor Rorrer is keeping the family’s musical tradition alive. Taylor has become an accomplished musician in his own right. He draws his influences from Poole’s music and also contemporary musicians such as Norman Blake, Tony Rice, and Doc Watson, among others. Taylor has also become an accomplished at fiddle, old-time Poole style banjo, and numerous other instruments. He is a 4th generation musician in the Rorrer family and is the only Rorrer to take up the fiddle. Taylor played with and learned from fiddler, Lonnie Austin who was a member of Poole’s North Carolina Ramblers. He has released the CD, Playing Poole, which pays homage to Charlie Poole.

Courtney Rorrer is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Stoneville, NC, she now makes her home in Madison, NC with her husband Taylor and son Ben. She is actively involved in the local music scene. Courtney plays fiddle and sings with the bluegrass group Alan Bibey and Grasstowne. Rorrer began to delve into music by singing and playing at local churches with her family’s gospel group “The Burroughs Family”. Entering local fiddler’s conventions eventually led her to front the bluegrass group, Broken Wire. After releasing one album with Broken Wire, Rorrer went on to sing harmony and play fiddle for five time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley and was able to add two Grand Ole Opry performances and a Daughter’s of Bluegrass recording to her belt. Rorrer has performed on many stages and won 2nd place in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest in 2016. Currently, she performs with Alan Bibey and Grasstowne throughout the year as well as solo shows with her husband Taylor Rorrer and at many churches with her husband and her sister, Amy Wilson.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 2:30 PM

Oakdale Campus Fellowship Hall
A satellite campus of Jamestown United Church
534 Oakdale Road
Jamestown, NC
 
Bring instrument for jam sessions

Featuring:

Southern Magnolia

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Originally an all-female bluegrass band, Southern Magnolia marked its serendipitous beginnings in the spring of 1995 under the name of Steel Magnolia. Three of the founding members (Judy Arnette: guitar, lead vocal; Linda Thore: guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Cindy Tucker :banjo, harmony and lead vocals) met at a local haunt for bluegrass musicians known as Brown’s Ole Opry located in McLeansville, North Carolina. It was just a few short weeks later that the group gelled into its first configuration with Pammy Davis, also a founding member, on bass. When Pammy learned to play dobro and switched to lead on that instrument, Louise Wilson joined the band on the upright bass. Upon Louise’s departure in 2003, Keith Carroll expertly filled the vacancy. After twelve years together, the band recorded its first musical project titled “Something Blue”. Four of the songs were penned by two of the band members, Judy and Cindy. In 2011, the second CD was recorded titled “Down Home with Southern Magnolia” with five more originals from Judy, Cindy, and Pammy. Susan Owen (mandolin, lead vocals and harmony), a member of the group for several years, is featured on both recordings. The band presently consists of the following members:

Judy Arnette: Guitar, Lead Vocals – Although Judy has been singing since her early youth, she began playing guitar only in the late 70s. At that time, under the influence of her guitar teacher and friend, she began singing some of the traditional Stanley Brothers’ tunes. Judy became known among local jam sessions as the “Carter Half” of the Stanley Sisters’ duo. In addition to singing and playing, Judy enjoys trying her hand at song writing. The band features her original tunes: “Something Blue”, “Leave Me Free”, “Just for Tonight”, “You Can’t Go Home Again” and “Heart of my Heart”, a song written about her husband’s heart transplant. Something Blue”, is on the 1st CD and the latter two songs appear on the 2nd CD. Since her retirement from a 40-year teaching career, Judy has been sharing her music as a volunteer with the Adult Center for Enrichment, Adams Farm Living, Friends Homes and other senior facilities in the Greensboro area. Judy is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Linda Thore: Guitar, Lead and Harmony Vocals – Linda (from Reidsville, North Carolina) has been singing and playing most of her life. Growing up in a musical family (her father who played fiddle and two brothers who played various instruments), she was influenced by the traditional/bluegrass/country sounds of such artists as Flatt and Scruggs, Reno and Smiley, the Louvin Brothers, the Carter Family, Bill Clifton, Merle Haggard and Don Williams. When you are in a jam session with Linda, you just never know what you might hear. Linda was a founding member of the original band, then known as Steel Magnolia. In addition to bringing strong lead and harmony vocals to the group, Linda also injects her unique guitar picking style into several tunes. Upon her retirement, Linda formed the band, Linda and Company, which is featured on the first Friday of each month at Brown’s Ole Opry in McLeansville. The group plays other local venues and private parties as well.

Pammy Davis Lassiter: Dobro, Harmony Vocals: Pammy has been playing dobro since June 1997. Prior to the dobro, she played bass with Southern Magnolia until Louise Wilson joined the band on bass in September 1997. Pammy has performed in several small bands throughout the years competing in fiddlers’ conventions and entertaining at parties. In addition to playing dobro, she also adds her baritone harmony to several tunes. Pammy is a charter member of the Charlotte Folk Music Society and along with Judy and Cindy, founded the bluegrass association in the area called High Lonesome Strings of which she was president for the first ten years. She chairs an event known as ResoGat which is a gathering of players, collectors, builders and craftspeople who meet in Wilkesboro NC once a year to jam, entertain, and celebrate the dobro guitar. Pammy placed first in the dobro competition in the 2014 Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax Virginia. She is the first woman to win the award in this prestigious competition’s history. The very first song which she co-wrote with Cindy appears on the latest CD and is titled “Chimney Rock Slide”. Pammy resides in West End, North Carolina.

Cindy Tucker: Banjo, Harmony Vocals – Cindy was inspired by her father’s love for the music and for the banjo in particular. Due to this inspiration, she began to play banjo in the late 80s. The artistically crafted instrument that she plays on stage was made by her father, A.V. Murray. In addition to her exceptional contributions on the banjo and vocal harmonies, Cindy also is a songwriter and penned the instrumental “Fox in the Hen House” and, along with Pammy, composed the instrumental “Chimney Rock Slide”. Her vocal number, “Will You Love Me Anyway”, written about her brother-in-law’s care for his wife, is recorded on the band’s first CD. Her vocal number “There’s An Empty Place” along with “Chimney Rock Slide” appear on the latest CD, Down Home with Southern Magnolia. Cindy is from Altamahaw, North Carolina.

Keith Carroll: Bass – Keith Carroll is a most sought after bass player from Ruffin, North Carolina. He is a multi-instrumentalist playing banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. He is currently involved in learning how to play dobro. In addition to the standard bluegrass instruments, Keith plays saxophone, harmonica, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, bowed psaltery, ukulele, banjimer, lap dulcimer, didgeridoo and can even play an old piano recital piece if he can find the music. When encouraged, Keith will even render a tune or two on lead vocal. Keith has been with Southern Magnolia since November, 2003 when Louise Wilson left the band.

Saturday, December 10, 2016  6:00 PM

Mt. Hope United Church of Christ
2400 Mt. Hope Church Rd
Whitsett, NC

There will be a Pot Luck Supper. Please bring a side dish and an unwrapped door prize for the gift grab. Don’t forget your instrument for jamming!  Kids, keep on the lookout for Santa!

Featuring:

ClayBank

Clay Bank

Your name is how you are identified, establishes who you are and where you are from. ClayBank chose their name to relate to all of these. Band rehearsals happen on Claybank Road in the Claybank community in West Jefferson, North Carolina. It’s our home, our heritage, and our way of representing the musical tradition in our area. From the music-rich Blue Ridge Mountains, ClayBank plays straight ahead bluegrass. Formed in January, 2015, ClayBank is comprised of Gary Trivette on bass, Tyler Thompson on banjo, Jacob Greer on guitar, and Zack Arnold on mandolin. They are living proof that raw, young talent combined with a wealth of musical experience and expertise can prevail. This award winning, four-piece band combines dynamic instrumentation with powerful vocal abilities. From a hard-driving bluegrass song to an accapella gospel ballad with impressive harmonies, there’s always something for every listener at a ClayBank show. 2016 has been a whirlwind year for ClayBank, starting with a 3rd place finish in the SPBGMA band contest in February and 1st place at RenoFest in March, followed by signing with the Andrea Roberts Agency in April and with Rural Rhythm in May. They were a big hit at the World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, and now they have their first album in hand with the release of Playing Hard To Forget in October.

Zack Arnold from West Jefferson, North Carolina has been around bluegrass music his whole life. His family often sang in churches and Zack was singing before he was two years old. He learned to love bluegrass and sing harmony at a very young age. He took mandolin lessons as a child but fell in love with the guitar as he grew older. When ClayBank was forming, Zack moved back to the mandolin and began to astound audiences with his hard-hitting mandolin style. His powerful lead vocals have garnered much attention since the bands inception, as well as his strong harmonies. He is still an accomplished flat picker and plays the guitar often. Zack is an avid hunter and fisherman, and attends Smethport Baptist Church where his dad is the pastor.

Jacob Greer lives in Jefferson North Carolina. He developed a love for music at an early age, learning to play electric guitar when he was eight years old. Just a couple of years later, he was introduced to bluegrass music and was completely captivated by it. Jacob knew he needed an acoustic guitar and soon began to take flatpicking lessons. He was also motivated by spending countless hours studying the techniques of guitar greats Tony Rice and Kenny Smith. In 2012, he was invited to join local bluegrass gospel band, Heritage, where he played guitar and sang with them for four years. Jacob is now recognized for his dynamic rhythm and impressive lead guitar picking with ClayBank. His broad vocal range also contributes to the bands articulate sound. Jacob enjoys fishing and shotgun sports and attends Smethport Baptist Church with his family.

Tyler Thompson was born in Watauga County, North Carolina where bluegrass music is prevalent and he was introduced to at an early age by his dad, who also plays bass. When he was ten years old, he started taking banjo and guitar lessons and soon became very proficient, winning contests on both instruments. His main focus with ClayBank is the banjo and he is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best in the business for his hard-driving style. Tyler is also an accomplished song writer and singer, contributing both lead and harmony vocals for the band. He is a Paramedic in Mountain City, TN and a veteran of the United States Army. Tyler attends Midway Baptist Church in Butler, TN where his dad is the pastor.

Gary Trivette grew up in Watauga County, North Carolina and lives in Vilas. Born to a very musical family, he began playing bass at eight years old. His father, Auborn Trivette, was a prominent local musician and influenced Gary and several of his siblings to sing and pick as well. Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, Gary was heavily influenced by artists like the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene. He spent 17 years as banjo player for Southern Accent and later spent several years as a member of Carolina Crossing. He has become known for his rock-solid bass playing and wide vocal range as well as his song writing abilities, all of which are reflected with ClayBank. Gary owns and operates his own electrical business and enjoys fishing in his spare time. He and his wife, Tina, attend Beaver Dam Baptist Church.

Friday and Saturday,  October 28-29, 2016

 Hagan-Stone Park Campground
5920 Hagan-Stone Park Road
Pleasant Garden NC 27313

Camp-o-ween

Look for is in the far right corner of the campground in sites 31-33. We will have lots of tents and lights for the concert and jamming!

Performing Friday starting at 8 PM:

Cane Mill Road 

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Cane Mill Road is a bluegrass band from the Appalachian Mountains in Deep Gap, North Carolina. The band plays bluegrass, old-time Appalachia, newgrass, and progressive bluegrass music, but specializes in preserving the traditional bluegrass music of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Band members range in age from 14 to 19 years and include: 14-year-old Liam Purcell on vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo; 19-year-old Eliot Smith on guitar and bass; and 17-year-old Trajan Wellington on bluegrass banjo, bass, and guitar. They include blue ribbon winners at major festivals including one of the oldest and biggest, The Galax Old Timers Fiddlers Convention, and have performed at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) convention and MerleFest. They have played on stage with bluegrass legends from J.D. Crowe to Pete Wernick to the Krüger Brothers to Rhonda Vincent. The band represented the United States of America in May of 2015 at the International Music Festival, Concierto En Iguazu where they were a featured band and the first in the festival’s 6-year history to play bluegrass. They joined 500 kids from around the world for 8 days of performances in Argentina.

The band has been featured on National Public Radio’s Woodsongs Old-time Radio Hour. They have played major festivals including MerleFest, IBMA, in Nashville at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America, on the main stage at The Doc Watson MusicFest at Sugar Grove, Carolina in the Fall, and HoustonFest. They play regularly at regional venues from Northwest North Carolina to Southwest Virginia to Eastern Tennessee to cities like Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh NC.

Performing Saturday starting at 8 PM:

Gravel Road 

gravel-road-2016Gravel Road is a youth bluegrass band hailing from the Floyd/ New River Valley area of Southwest Virginia. Since their formation in January of 2013, this talented group of young pickers has developed into a powerful vocal and instrumental group whose reputation and demand continues to grow throughout the region. Firmly rooted in tradition with a fresh style appealing to audiences of today, Gravel Road is proud to help represent the face and future of bluegrass, gospel, and traditional string band music. Gravel Road is made up of some very young and talented musicians from the age of 13 – 15. They have been traveling the Crooked Road ever since the band formed. Over the past three years they have garnered a large fan base as they have opened up for and played on the same billing with some of Bluegrass’s top performers such as: Rhonda Vincent, Dr. Ralph and Nathan Stanley, The Primitive Quartet, Bobby Osborne, Balsam Range, Sierra Hull, Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band and many others. Gravel Road signed with Hitching Post records in January 2015 and completed their first CD Studio Project, “First Time Around,” on the Hitching Post Records label.

When Nick Weitzenfeld was 8 years old, he saw a video of Doc Watson flatpicking a guitar and was immediately hooked. Since that day, it’s rare to see Nick, now 15, without a guitar, mandolin, or banjo in his hands. Nick is also an accomplished singer and is an original member of Gravel Road Bluegrass Band, where he plays guitar and mandolin, sings, and writes original material. Nick also enjoys sitting in with other bands, including several adult bands, when his schedule allows. He enjoys jamming, songwriting, competing in guitar and mandolin contests, and performing. When he’s not playing music, Nick enjoys sports, especially track and football. Nick grew up in Floyd, VA and currently resides in Roanoke, VA.

Addison Paige Levy, better known as Addie, is a multi-talented fourteen year old who possesses powerful head turning vocals. She has been singing and performing on stage since she was three years old. Addie is an accomplished mandolin player who also loves to play the fiddle and guitar. In 2015 she placed 3rd in youth Mandolin at Surry Old Time Fiddler’s Convention and 2nd in youth Mandolin at Galax Fiddler’s Convention. Another passion of Addie’s is clogging. She recently took home the Blue Ribbon for Youth Dance at the Appalachian State Fiddler’s Convention in Boone, NC. Though Addison specializes in Bluegrass and Gospel music, she has a great appreciation and love of Old Time Music. Currently, Addie is a lead vocalist, harmony singer, mandolin player and Emcee for live performances with the Gravel Road Bluegrass Band.

Jared Houseman plays bass with Gravel Road, He is an honor student, and is active in martial arts. He studies jiu-jitsu and has a junior black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Lydia Bowman began taking violin lessons at the age of 5 and was trained initially in Classical Violin. Naturally, the influence of Appalachian Mountain Music in S.W. Virginia drew her to Bluegrass. The regimented classical training has translated well into Bluegrass over the course of her career with Gravel Road and adds a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the bluegrass music. Occasionally, following a GR performance, audience members with an ear for classical will ask if Lydia was indeed trained in that genre. In addition to fiddle, Lydia provides vocal backup for Gravel Road. Aside from music, Lydia plays volleyball and soccer for her high school

Sunday,  September 11, 2015 @ 2:30pm

Bluegrass Day
Piedmont Triad Farmers Market
2914 Sandy Ridge Road
Colfax, NC 
 
Bring your instruments for some jamming after the show!
 
Featuring:

Garrett Newton with Lorraine Jordan

Garret Newton with Lorraine Jordan

Garrett Newton is an exceptional banjo player. Not only can he play banjo, he can talk banjo with the best. He is presently touring with Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road in their “Country Grass” tour featuring his banjo playing. Garrett fronts his own band, the Garrett Newton Band. He has played on stage with national artists such as Marty Raybon, Kenny Ingram, Ben Greene, Steve Dilling, and James King. He is endorsed by Yates and Mitch banjo and plays the Earl Scruggs style. He has his own banjo project entitled “Young Heart, Old Soul” which includes several bluegrass standard instrumentals, and original song written by Garrett. This project is on Pinecastle Records. Garrett just returned from the Joey Canyon Show in Denver Colorado where he played banjo with the house band. Look for him and his band on tour. Although Garrett started bluegrass at a young age, his ability of playing will let you think he is much older. He can talk about the history of bluegrass in detail with anyone. Just ask Del McCoury or Ricky Skaggs about conversation they have held back stage with Garrett Newton. They will tell you he is a young kid with the bluegrass mind of an older man.

Parks Icenhour began playing the guitar and mandolin as a young boy, providing rhythm for his dad who played the banjo. As a teenager he drifted away from Bluegrass but picked it up again while studying at East Carolina University where he met Tommy Edwards (The Bluegrass Experience) and enjoyed many impromptu picking sessions in their dormitory. In 1971 he met Glen Dyer, father of Allen Dyer, and they have been picking together as the “Brother’s ‘N Bluegrass” for the last 45 years. He has recorded two albums with Glen and several projects with various recording artists, including background guitar music for a museum of history documentary featuring Andy Griffith as the narrator. His preference in bluegrass is strictly traditional with Doc Watson and Norman Blake as his favorite guitarists. Parks is excited to be a part of the Garrett Newton Band and provides the bass vocals and lead guitar work for the group.

Allen Dyer was born in Tennessee, but he grew up and makes his home in the Garner NC area. Allen was introduced to Bluegrass music at early age by his dad who played in a local band named The Brother’s N Bluegrass. Allen spent a lot of summers with his dad at Bluegrass Festivals around the area. Allen began playing guitar and singing around the age of 12. He enjoys the more traditional side of Bluegrass today. Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Reno and Smiley and Larry Sparks are some his favorites. Allen is excited to be playing in a band where all the members share the same musical interest which is to play good solid traditional Bluegrass music. Allen plays guitar and sings lead for Garrett Newton Band.

Affectionately known as the “Lady of Tradition” in the bluegrass community, Lorraine Jordan grew up around Bluegrass music on the coast of North Carolina. She now resides in Garner, just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. She has performed bluegrass music for over twenty years and formed Carolina Road in 1998. She continues to be the driving force behind Carolina Road’s popularity and longevity as a consummate performer, songwriter, emcee and show organizer. She has been a finalist in the IBMA Songwriting Showcase and was the 1st runner-up in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest twice. Lorraine received the SPBGMA “Entertainer of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist” in 2015. Lorraine is a co-founder for the formation of the Daughters of Bluegrass, whose Back to the Well album won the IBMA Recorded Event in 2006, and she was part of the Daughter’s latest album, Bluegrass Bouquet, also a 2009 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year winner for the song “Proud to be a Daughter.” Lorraine is currently Garrett’s agent and plays bass in the Garrett Newton Band. In her spare time she enjoys riding her Honda motorcycle and playing with her two Maltese dogs – JD and Polly. Lorraine is proud to endorse Gibson Mandolins, GHS Strings, Colorado Cases, CT Straps, Peterson Tuners, Blue Chip Picks, and Cedar Creek Cases.

Daniel Aldridge was inspired to play bluegrass by hearing IIIrd Tyme Out. He spent many years listening to and absorbing the music of great mandolin players before picking up the instrument himself at age fifteen. His influences include his father Mike, Wayne Benson, and Bill Monroe. Once he put fingers to strings, Daniel’s progress was astonishing. Just barely out of high school, he joined Constant Change in November of 2003. He soon was recruited by Honi Deaton, with whom he toured from March through October of 2004. Daniel spent the summer of 2005 touring with Jeannette Williams before returning to play with Constant Change. In addition to his dazzling mandolin picking, Daniel is a fine lead singer, and provides much of the baritone harmony in the band’s trios and quartets. Daniel is employed at the Alamance County Sheriff’s department.

Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM  (Please note the later time)

 Mt Hope United Church of Christ
2400 Mt Hope Church Road
Whitsett NC 27377

Bring instrument for jam sessions

Featuring:

New Southern Ground

New Southern Ground is a new and upcoming bluegrass band that loves playing traditional bluegrass and gospel bluegrass tunes. It features five talented artists demonstrating a vast array of musical talents. The band consists of over 90 years of combined performance experience. Based out of Asheboro, NC, New Southern Ground takes pride in preserving our traditional bluegrass heritage. The band got its start as a brother/sister duo called The Hensons and later evolved into the full band. The band has played at the Wide World of Bluegrass Raleigh-Durham Airport, IBMA event with the High Lonesome Strings Association, The Earle Theatre in Mount Airy, NC State Fair, Sunset Theater, The Liberty Showcase and many other local benefits and churches.

Tanner Henson is the band’s talented 18-year-old lead singer and guitarist. Tanner travels all over North Carolina and Virginia competing in festivals and is a multi-award winning musician. He also plays fiddle and mandolin. His bluegrass career began at the age of twelve when he was promised his great, great, great grandfather’s fiddle if he would learn to play it. Needless to say, when Tanner’s bow hit the fiddle he was hooked on bluegrass and his life was forever changed. Tanner will be attending the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the fall and plans to be a part of the Carolina Bluegrass Band.

Macy Henson is the band’s thirteen-year-old lead singer and fiddle player. With her sassy personality and great clogging steps she brings fun and excitement to the stage. At age of eight, Macy was inspired by her brother’s playing and decided to start taking lessons. She too was enthralled by the sound of bluegrass music and began singing and playing with her brother Tanner at churches, festivals, and local events. Macy plays the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Macy is also a multi-award winning youth bluegrass musician who strives to keep the music alive by sharing it with others. She is known to many as the All American Bluegrass Girl, earning that name as she proudly sings Rhonda Vincent’s All American Bluegrass Girl.

Tom Isenhour is a veteran of the bluegrass scene in the Carolinas. He adds to the band with his skillful mandolin ability. Tom’s interest in bluegrass was sparked upon first hearing the Beverly Hillbillies theme song back in 1962. Tom plays all of the instruments of bluegrass and has played with The Garland Shuping band, the original High Country Boys, and Wild Country. He has also had the opportunity to pick tunes with The Masters of Bluegrass. Tom says, “Bluegrass is in my soul.” He has his own personal bluegrass museum in his residence in Salisbury, NC. Tom’s desire is to play music as long as he can and spread his love for bluegrass to others.

Danny Bowers will be filling in on Banjo. He has been a member of High Lonesome Strings since May of 1998, a long time member! He has played and sang with numerous bands over the years, is the master of many instruments, taught a Dobro workshop for me one year at PITP, and participated in one of our songwriters showcases.

Don Jones is handling the Bass duties. Another longtime member since November 1997, he also has been with many bands and can be seen all around the area jamming. He also plays guitar and sings.