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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 

cane-mill-road

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.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Stonefield Cellars Winery
8220 NC Hwy 68 N
Stokesdale NC

Featuring:

Hubert Lawson & The Bluegrass Country Boys

Hubert Lawson & the Bluegrass Country Boys

Hubert and his sons Lee and Eddie organized their band in 1980. They feature the best in Traditional and Modern Bluegrass, Square Dance music, and their own original compositions.

Hubert Lawson & the Bluegrass Country Boys play a variety of music including traditional Bluegrass, Modern Bluegrass, Gospel, Square Dance, some country and even the occasional rock and roll song. To date the band has recorded 5 CD’s
The band has played up and down the east coast, including North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and New York. The band continues to travel, perform and enjoy the music as much as the first day they started.

Over the years Hubert and the band have been fortunate enough to play on shows with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, The Lost & Found, The Tony Rice Unit, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys and many others.

The band consists of:

Hubert Lawson – Leader and spokesperson for the group. Hubert also plays lead guitar and sings baritone.
Lee Lawson – plays banjo and sings lead.
Eddie Lawson – plays mandolin and sings tenor.
Vera Lawson – plays bass.

Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 2:30 PM

At Shelter 5

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

Bring instrument for jam sessions

Present out special guests:

 

The Hey Brothers

The Hey Brothers

On a dark and stormy night…five friends gathered to play and sing, the old, the new, the borrowed and the blues. The picking was good, the midnight hour came and went. Driving to work the next morning would take extra caffeine. They discovered how much they really enjoyed the work that didn’t feel like work, the laughs, the sound of trio harmonies and the natural ease finding the elusive groove. “We’ve gotta find the time to do this again, this is fun. It’s bona fide !” they said. Several dark and stormy nights later a moniker for the five was chosen. They call themselves The Hey Brothers, “Makers of Fine Bluegrass”.

Allen Ray – Guitar and vocal. Comes by it “honest”. From a family rich in bluegrass heritage, his flat top notes seem to flow effortlessly with powerful rhythm foundations and carefully chosen accents it pays to listen for. He’s from Creedmoor and has played with multiple groups including Sourwood Mountain and the well traveled Cadillac Stepbacks. Allen offers up some nice tenor work and a handful of lead vocal selections.

Brian English – Fiddle and vocal. A veteran fiddle player from the area and enjoys a good song about the Civil War. When he sings, the floorboards rumble, carrying a smooth low range lead on some crowd favorites. Brian lives in the Durham area, and is known for his excellent fiddle work which he has delivered in several bands including Old Habits, The Rye Mountain Boys and Lost County 35.

Keith Sikes – Upright Bass and vocal. Keith thumps out ancient bluegrass tones on his vintage Kay bass, driving The Hey Brothers from tune to tune. He renders many-a-fine lead vocal for us, both classics and newly discovered gems. He lives in the Pittsboro area and has played with Down the Road and Vintage Blue.

Tim Lee – Mandolin and vocal. Sharing many of the lead vocal duties with Keith, Tim plays the tiny eight string and chops away at the back-beat. So far, he’s the only brother with songwriting to his credit, and we enjoy sharing some of his great sounding songs in every set. Tim is also a gifted artist and you’ll recognize his visual work on our materials. Tim lives in the Cary area and has made music with Lost County 35, Running South and String Machine.

John Dudley – Banjo and vocal. From east of the triangle near Zebulon, John delivers a stream of rolling eighth notes from the five string and brings the baritone lines in the vocal mix for the Brothers. He also plays with Damascus Ridge, and has played with Iron horse and Lost County 35 in the area.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 @ 2:30 PM

Ragsdale Civic Center at Jamestown Town Hall
301 East Main Street
Jamestown, NC
(behind Town Hall and beside Fire Station)
 
Featuring:

Broadcast – A Man and His Dream

Broadcast - A Man and His Dream

A showing of Director Jordan Nance’s hour long documentary Broadcast – A Man and His Dream about Ralph Epperson and the early years of WPAQ radio plus music by the Gold Hill Bluegrass Jam Musicians

Longtime HLS member Jordan Nance has shown a love for music and history from an early age. Diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy after a premature birth in October 1983, he has faced a multitude of challenges all his life. Using a computer to communicate and a wheelchair for mobility, Jordan’s determination and persistence has allowed him to overcome many of the limitations that others would view as handicaps.

In the fall of 1992, his love of “The Andy Griffith Show” took Jordan to Mount Airy, NC for Mayberry Days. It was there that for the first time he heard bluegrass and old time music on a stage provided by WPAQ radio. He soon became a faithful listener to WPAQ in his Reidsville, NC home. In 1995 he visited the station for the first time and met founder and owner, Ralph Epperson. The two became immediate friends. Over the years Jordan’s interest in the traditional string music and musicians of the Blue Ridge grew as he connected with the history of the station through the stories and songs that Ralph shared with his listeners. This interest drove Jordan to interview Ralph just six weeks before his death in 2006. Ralph’s memories only deepened Jordan’s desire to document on film other stories about the early years of WPAQ. For the next five years Jordan researched and interviewed some forty people including pioneer musicians Benton Flippen, L.W. Lambert, and Russell Easter who were involved in the station from its beginning in 1948 through the mid 1950s. With the help of Beth Crookham whom he had met on the set of “One Tree Hill” several years earlier, Jordan began the process of turning the footage into the film he desired. After nearly two years of post-production work, his vision and perseverance were realized in the completion of his documentary, “Broadcast: A Man and His Dream” in 2013. With the documentary’s premiere on UNC-TV in February 2015, Jordan’s dream of paying tribute to Ralph Epperson and the traditional string music and musicians they both love was fulfilled.

Jordan is eager to share his documentary with the HLS membership on April 17th. Having his friend Vivian Pennington Hopkins perform the music of her dad, pioneer WPAQ musician Ralph Pennington, will be a special treat for all in attendance.

Jordan Nance and Vivian Hopkins

Jordan Nance and Vivian Hopkins

From Vivian Hopkins:

I was much honored when contacted by Jordan Nance asking if I would be available to perform a few songs that were recorded in the early 50’s by The Church Brothers at WPAQ in Mt Airy, NC for Ralph Epperson. Myself and a few friends will perform several songs during the presentation of the documentary, Broadcast – A Man and His Dream at the April 17th monthly meeting of the High Lonesome Strings.

My father, Ralph Pennington, spent much of his younger years performing with The Church Brothers, Jim Hall and the Crazy Mountaineers, Roy Hall and the Blue Ridge Entertainers, Don Walker and His Blue Ridge Boys, L.W. Lambert and the Carolina Neighbors. During these years he recorded with The Church Brothers (Recorded at WPAQ) and L.W. Lambert and the Carolina Neighbors.

He was not only a talented musician and luthier; he was also a gifted songwriter, penning numerous songs for the Church Brothers as well as The Stanley Brothers and at least one very well-known song which became the first song recorded by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys on their first Mercury Recording Session in Knoxville, TN in 1948. Dad was a humble man who never sought recognition or payment for his writings. He never realized that in that day how valuable the early recordings would become as the music industry grew through the years. He gladly gave his songs and music and delighted in hearing the success of the recordings, never asking for or receiving the credits as song writer. Among those songs are ‘Angel With Blue Eyes’, ‘When Jesus Calls Your Name’, Way Down In Ole Caroline’(Church Brothers), ‘I’d Rather Be Forgotten’ (Stanley Brothers), ‘Cabin in Caroline’ (Flatt & Scruggs), ‘I won’t Write Another Letter to You Darling’, The Battle Over In Korea’ (L.W. Lambert & The Carolina Neighbors).

My love of Traditional Old Time and Bluegrass Music and my commitment to doing my part to keep it alive and passing it on to the next generation is due to my dad and his comrades who taught me at an early age, that it’s ok to stay up all night and pick ‘til the roosters are crowing at dawn. Most folks will remember our twenty+ years at bluegrass festivals across the southeast as The Fifth String and Co. Today my husband Glenn (Hoppy) and I host the Montgomery General Store Friday Night Jam at Historic Gold Hill, NC which is now in its twelfth year.

I am bringing together a few friends who enjoyed picking with my dad and are more like family than friends. The music we perform on the 17th will be songs written by my dad, Ralph Pennington which was recorded by some of the best in the music industry. For the performance I will be joined by Jeff Russell on guitar and vocals, Jim Burris on mandolin and vocals, Randy Mauldin on banjo and vocals and Katie Springer on fiddle and myself on bass and vocals. We look forward to sharing the music from those early years that makes Jordan’s documentary so special.

In regards to our performance and the recognition of my dad’s music, I give much credit to the research and vision of Jordan Nance for producing a great documentary, ‘Broadcast-A Man and His Dream’; To Ben Niblock, Smithfield, NC, who spent months on end with my dad in the year preceding my dad’s death in 1992; To Gary Reid of Roanoke, VA, author of ‘The Music of the Stanley Brothers’ and ‘A Life of Sorrow – The Life and Times of Carter Stanley!’; To Ralph Stanley who gave me much information about my dad and Carter and their shared songwriting when my dad was performing with them early in their career; And to Matteo (Matt) Ringressi, Forli, Italy who is currently researching the music of The Church Brothers.