Friday and Saturday, September 12-13, 2014
Hagan-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.