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Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 2:30 PM

Ragsdale Civic Center at Jamestown Town Hall
301 East Main Street
Jamestown, NC
(behind Town Hall and beside Fire Station)
 
Bring instrument for jam sessions

Featuring:

Ben Marshall & The Carolina Bluegrass Express

Ben Marshall and The Carolina Bluegrass Express

This young group of bluegrass musicians met back in 2011 when each of them were much younger. They all live hours away from each other but take every opportunity to perform together as able. Each of them travels with other bands in other areas. From the Sandhills all the way to the Blue Ridge Mountains, they represent traditional music well. You would not realize their ages when you hear each of them play and sing. Each are very active in other activities of their families, church and schools. You will see them at most fiddler’s conventions and each of them have proven their skills with ribbons in their respective instruments and sharing their talents with crowds of all ages. Bluegrass Today states “It’s probably pretty safe to say that many of today’s bluegrass musicians first learned to play, or at least to appreciate, bluegrass music from a family member”.

The best example of this is father-son duo of Eric Marshall and Ben Marshall – 14 years old, who hail from the Mt. Airy, North Carolina area. Eric, who has been playing banjo with the regional group The Marshall Brothers and Highroad since the late 90s, first taught Ben to play bass when he was so young he had to stand on a picnic table to reach the neck of his instrument. Several years later, they’ve released their first album together (with a little help from Eric’s band), entitled Grass Roots Project. Ben, from a very young age, has been sought after by bands everywhere he goes to carry the rhythm and sing lead and tenor vocals.

Daniel Greeson, age 17, is from Jamestown, NC. He has been playing bluegrass fiddle since age 6. He studied under master fiddler JB Prince and plays with bands from the piedmont of North Carolina and Southwest Virginia. He released his 1st solo CD in 2014 at IBMA World of Bluegrass Streetfest. He is also a part of the Christmas Along the Crooked Road project and Mountain Roads Recordings’ Close Kin-Our Roots Run Deep. Daniel is a student at Southern Guilford Academy of Medical Science and he is a member of the Hunter Safety and Golf Teams.

Jacob Greer, age 16, hails from the traditional music-rich mountains of North Carolina, calling Jefferson his home. He began playing guitar at age 8 and singing came naturally, shortly thereafter. Jacob began taking bluegrass guitar lessons from former national champion, Mr. Steve Lewis, in January, 2012. He continues to meet with Steve on a weekly basis. Jacob plays a custom D-18 guitar, built especially for him by his friend, luthier Caleb Smith, who is best known as guitarist and vocalist for the group Balsam Range. Jacob has competed in many contests, locally and nationally, and won numerous awards for his guitar and vocal talents. He has played with bands for events at several large venues. Recently, he was accepted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Kids on Bluegrass program and was inducted into Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars. He is appreciative for each invitation and opportunity to play and share the Bluegrass Music he loves with others, and is thankful for the musical gifts he has been blessed with.

Joshua Allen, age 17 of Robbins NC, plays any instrument you hand him. He has received many prized ribbons at Fiddler’s Conventions throughout the Sandhills of North Carolina; Star, the Oldest Convention in North Carolina and also at High Falls Fiddler’s Convention at North Moore High School and in Seagrove. He began playing on a mandolin given to him by his grandfather at age 3. As years went by, he took mandolin lessons from Jerry Stuart and banjo with Stan Brown, both master traditional bluegrass musicians. Joshua’s other pass times include hunting, fishing and golf.

These musicians like to perform each year for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bluegrass Music Festival Open Mic. Watch for them again this year on Wednesday night, May 6th at Denton Farm Park.

They will be leading worship at Oakdale United Methodist Church (532 Oakdale Road, Jamestown, NC) at 10 am on Sunday morning, April 19 before joining High Lonesome Strings later in the day for their monthly meeting. Spread the word. Everyone is invited!

Sunday, March 22, 2015 @ 2:30 PM

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

Bring instrument for jam sessions
Sponsored by City of Greensboro, City Arts

Featuring:

Skip Kelley & Ed Dodson and the Kingfishers

King Fishers

Skip Kelley (mandolin/vocals) and Ed Dodson (guitar/vocals) have been picking together for over 15 years – first in Wood & Steel and currently with their four-piece ensemble, The Kingfishers, featuring Daniel Greeson on fiddle and Jim Conard on upright bass/vocals.  The group features an equal mix of songs and fiddle tunes – all done with respect for traditional string band and bluegrass music.

When these friends get together with their instruments – something magical usually happens.  The vocal work is direct and accessible – showcasing well-honed “brother” harmonies.  Their instrumental work is fleet and impressive – but never sacrificing melody and feel for flash and histrionics.

The group covers music from a wide variety of sources – starting with Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley’s, but also featuring quite a few original numbers penned by Ed and Skip. Skip Kelley & Ed Dodson have recorded three albums together:  Feast Here Tonight, Little Green Valley and Hopped that Train and Gone.

Ed is the author of a critically acclaimed book on Flatpicking Guitar, “Deep Bluegrass Guitar” and has been on the staff of Guitar Week at the Swannanoa Gathering for the past 17 years.

Skip builds some of the finest mandolins made today and his craftsmanship and ability to extract tone from his instrument is highly regarded by those in the know.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 @ 2:30 PM

Greensboro Cultural Center
Band Rehearsal Hall, bottom floor
200 N. Davie Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

Bring instrument for jam sessions
Sponsored by City of Greensboro, City Arts

Featuring:

Double H Bluegrass

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.

Sunday, January 25, 2015 2:30 PM

Greensboro Cultural Center
Band Rehearsal Hall, bottom floor
200 N. Davie Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

Bring instrument for jam sessions
Sponsored by City of Greensboro, City Arts

Featuring:

Mountain Rain

Mountain Rain

MOUNTAIN RAIN is a fresh new bluegrass band from the musically rich western Piedmont region of North Carolina. Their approach to the music is youthful and hard driving while at the same time maintaining respect for the traditional aspects of bluegrass. Mountain Rain consists of Tommy Chandler from Mocksville NC on guitar & vocals. Holding down the bass duties and tenor vocal is Ryan Dunn from Smith Grove in Davie County. Brandon Toney, also from Mocksville, is laying the thumb to the 5 string banjo. Rounding out the band on mandolin & vocals is Brad Wood from the Surry County community of State Road NC.

Tommy Chandler – Guitar/vocals:  Hey guys! My name is Tommy Chandler and I play guitar and do some singing for Mountain Rain. I grew up with bluegrass music all my life, as my dad, Luther Chandler was a very successful mandolin player back in the day with the Lincoln County Partners. It wasn’t until I was about 11 that I really took an interest in learning to play and it was then that I picked up the dreaded… BANJO. Haha,  but all joking aside I started playing it and played it until I was about 17. After a few years of picking it up and putting it down I decided to pick up the guitar and I’ve been playing it since. I started singing about a year ago and I also do some of the lead singing along side Brad. I hope you guys enjoy the music! Be sure to come by and check us out in person sometime if you want to hear some good bluegrass music!

Ryan Dunn – Bass/vocals:  I guess I can start by saying music is my passion. I have loved music and can remember singing way back In my younger years at church. I play the bass and have been playing since my freshman year in high school. I try to keep everybody in time and in line for that matter…. No I have to say this is a fine group of guys that I have the opportunity to enjoy what I love doing and that is smashing grass!!!

Brandon Toney – Banjo:  Brandon Toney starting playing guitar at the age of 8 and banjo at the age of 10. He idolizes Ron Block and Ron Stewart’s style of playing. He grew up in Mocksville of Davie County and graduated from Davie County High School. He’s currently going to school for Information Systems and has a passion for hard driving bluegrass.

Brad Wood – Mandolin/vocals:  I was born in the foothills of Surry County, NC. At a young age I developed a strong love of music, being heavily influenced by The Country Gentlemen, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and his Grandpa’s love of the old Stanley Brothers songs. I started out singing in church and by my early teens started learning to play the mandolin. That soon led to other instruments. I have played and done fill-in work with several bands , whether on guitar, mandolin or bass. A few years ago I released a Bluegrass/gospel CD entitled FOR A REASON

Band’s website: http://www.mountainrainband.com/

 

 

Saturday, December 13, 2013  6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Mount Hope United Church of Christ
2400 Mount Hope Church Rd
Greensboro NC 27406

There will be a Pot Luck Supper. Please bring a side dish and an unwrapped door prize. Don’t forget your instrument for jamming!

Kids, keep on the lookout for Santa!

Featuring:

Ash Breeze Logo Ash Breeze

Ash Breeze is making a big splash in the Americana/Bluegrass World in 2013. Trained classically until they switched to Bluegrass in 2010, they have created their own sound that defies labels. In their music you can hear many influences, including folk, jazz bluegrass, classical, blues, and Christian musical influences. What you will hear is a distinctive sound strong on instrumentation with tight, beautiful family harmonies. Nellie is quickly making a name for herself with her strong, distinctive beautiful and soulful singing and smooth melodic award winning fiddle playing that has been greatly influenced by greats like Stuart Duncan and Andy Leftwich. Corey plays the guitar and sings and has a great style of his own that finds its way into the original music he writes. Corey is also the Producer of Generation Bluegrass, a video bluegrass project that is drawing a lot of attention. Luke plays banjo and the Cajon, and plays with a steady, and polished style. Eli plays mandolin with speed and finesse that is beyond his years and he also sings harmony vocals. Finally, Allen (Dad) tries to keep it all together on bass. Don’t judge Ash Breeze by their age, but by their creative and distinctive sound that is fresh, creative, and mature.

The single “Without Love” off their self titled CD Ash Breeze was chosen as a top five finalist in the Christian Gospel Category in 2014 in The Great American Songwriting Contest.

Ash Breeze was formerly known as The Smith Family Band and was changed in the Fall of 2013. In 2013 they played bluegrass festivals in Vermont, Canada, and South Carolina. They were also featured WUNC’s nationally syndicated show Song of the Mountains. (show aired in the spring of 2014). Ash Breeze’s CD release with Mountain Fever Records in February of 2014 was produced by Aaron Ramsey and Mark Hodges, and is marked mainly by original material written by the band members.

Comments about the band:

From Wayne Benson (IIIrd Tyme Out):

I have had the pleasure of getting to know several members of Ash Breeze, as one of their music teachers. On this album, you will hear maturity beyond their years. Instead of being solely interested in instrumental prowess you’ll hear a very musical, lyrical approach that focuses on maintaining on the integrity of the songs, rather than showing off (which is a pitfall for many young musicians). these kids exhibit a humility regarding their talent, which permeates every aspect of their lives. It’s been a blessing to know these guys and I look forward to what God has in store for them.

From Buddy Michaels:

I met this wonderful and talented family band about 5 years ago at a band contest and immediately knew they were destined to a great adventure in the music world. they just needed “time” together to shape and mold. well, years and hours of hard work later, they have done their “time”. ASH BREEZE has arrived!!!!

 

Friday and Saturday,  October 24-25, 2014

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

Friday at 7PM

Open jam at the campground shelter. We have been invited by some fine folks camping there to join their Camp-o-ween. Y’all come!

Saturday: Concert and Jam starting at 8 PM

Passin’ Thru Bluegrass Band will be performing starting at 8PM at the campground shelter. Bring a dessert to share after the concert, coffee and hot chocolate will be furnished! Jamming afterwards!

Passin Thru

Passin’ Thru Bluegrass Band has been together since 2006. What originally started as a group of friends getting together on Saturday night to jam has become a great groups of friends who can play some downright traditional bluegrass if that is what you what to hear, they are also know for remaking some old songs into bluegrass style music like Lodi (which can be heard on our music page), Jet Plane, and Ridin’ My Thumb to Mexico (also on our music page). All of the members of Passin’ Thru have several people that they credit for their talents but first and foremost they gave all credit and praise to Our Lord Jesus Christ. The band motto is when it stops being fun, they need to look at what has happened because if they aren’t having fun the audience is not having fun.

C.H. Lineberry has been around the bluegrass scene since he was a little boy going to watch his daddy play, CH has said that his dad gave him has love for bluegrass. CH has played many different bands throughout the years and he is an awesome lead singer and guitar player. CH is married to Karen and they reside in Black Ankle NC.

Dwayne Runyon also grew up listening to his daddy play bluegrass music, Dwayne has been playing in bands since his early teenage years, he started playing mandolin and singing tenor at the age of 13. Dwayne has played with many different bluegrass bands throughout West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. He currently lives in Franklinville, NC with his wife, Renee.

Austin Dunn was born and raised in Mt. Giland area of North Carolina and is married to Stacy. Austin has been playing banjo for about 6 years and he loves to put the drive back into bluegrass. Austin is the newest to Passin’ Thru and we feel that he has made a great addition to our unique style with his driving banjo.

Jim Damron was also born and raised in West Virginia, and grew up listening to his dad play at festivals and gatherings throughout his young life. Jim plays the upright bass and the mandolin and he has started singing some when urged to by his band mates. Jim has played with many different bands and he loves Old Time Tradition bluegrass music. Jim currently lives in Thomasville, NC with his wife Rebecca.

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 greeson.elizabeth@yahoo.com. 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

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.

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