Saturday, December 3, 2022 – 6 PM

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


Mark Templeton Bank 2022

The Mark Templeton Band is a “High Energy” Bluegrass & Bluegrass Gospel group that are known for their harmony, musicianship and knowing how to entertain an audience.

Mark Templeton put this group together in 1990. Even though the members have changed some through the years Mark always makes sure that each member is a seasoned musician and singer in bluegrass and Gospel music.

MTB performs 40-50 dates a year in NC, VA, SC, GA, PA, MD, TN, OH, KY, DE. Some of the places we have performed Graves Mountain, Amelia BG, Preddyfest, SPBGMA, IBMA, Mr. B’s BG, Myrtle Beach BG, Christmas In The Smokies, Poppy Mountain, Arcadia BG, Stoney Creek BG, Melfest BG, Mineral BG, Grottoes BG, Bass Mountain BG and many, many more! Plus 100’s of Churches and Concert Halls…

Recently appeared on PBS SONG OF THE MOUNTAINS….

MTB has performed with Seldom Scene, Rhonda Vincent, Daily & Vincent, Lonesome River Band, Country Gentlemen, Blue Highway, Balsam Range, Little Roy & Lizzy, Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson, Paul Williams, Bobby Osborne, Third Time Out and the list goes on and on….

MTB has won or been nominated for many awards including:

  • 2014 ACMA Entertainers Of The Year
  • 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 SPBGMA Bluegrass Gospel Group Of The Year (Nominees)
  • 2014 SPBGMA Mark Templeton Banjo Player Of The Year (Nominee)

Current Band Members:

  • Mark Templeton – banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals
  • Karen Webb – mandolin, vocals
  • Tony Hensley – Dobro, vocals
  • Jim Eanes – guitar, vocals

Join us for the High Lonesome Strings Fall Camp & Pick at Hagan-Stone Park, October 7- 9, 2022!

Hagan-Stone Park is a great central location for us to gather and it has been our Camp & Pick site in years past (the park is located at 5920 Hagan-Stone Park Rd, Pleasant Garden NC).We are so looking forward to gathering once again for no other reason than to have relaxed fellowship, to share music, and enjoy the cooler time of year.

Whether you camp overnight or come for a few hours, we welcome you!

Make your camping reservations now at http://www.guilfordcountync.gov/our-county/county-parks/camping

Camping spots are still available in Sections C and B (in the woods). 


10/7/22 Friday day/night – campground jamming (at campsites and/or C section pavilion)

10/8/22 Saturday – 5:30 pm ish – POTLUCK Dinner at the C Section Pavilion, followed by (possible band performance – Band TBD) and then more jamming! Note:  If you are a band that would be interested in playing Saturday evening please contact Elizabeth Greeson asap at 336-687-3131.

10/9/22 Sunday – 10:00 am – Gospel singing/jam at the C Section Pavilion

Any general questions or to RSVP for the Potluck (so we can coordinate food) please contact Natalie at 336-689-4071.

Sunday, September 25, 2022 – 2:30 to 4:30pm

Piedmont Triad Farmer’s Market
2914 Sandy Ridge Road
Colfax NC, 27401

You and your friends are invited to come and spend your afternoon with High Lonesome Strings playing and listening to bluegrass music at the Piedmont Triad Farmer’s Market. Bring your bluegrass instrument and come play and sing along. The jam will be outside, so be sure to bring your lawn chairs. Y’all come!

The 2022 guidelines for the annual Pickin’ in the Park Youth Scholarships are now available!

Please check out the PITP Youth Scholarships page for more information.

The High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association, Inc. – Pickin’ in the Park Youth Scholarships are 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.

We would like to thank all members who renewed their membership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your support of local bluegrass music is very much appreciated. The High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association is alive and well, waiting for the COVID regulations to ease up so that we can start having events again. In the meantime, due to the lack of membership benefits and group events over the past year, we have extended all active membership expiration dates by another year. All 2021 members’ new expiration date is June 30, 2022. Any other members who did renew their membership for 2021 will also have their membership changed to 2022.

We do plan to have our Picking in the Park festival this year on May 14, 2022. Be sure to add to your calendar. If you had paid for reservations at the campground, you can call the park and change them to 2022. The bands for the 2022 festival are Dewey & Leslie Brown & The Carolina Gentlemen, Cuttin’ Grass, Gaining Ground, Hubert Lawson & the Bluegrass Country Boys, Never Too Late, and the 2020-2021 Scholarship winners.

Please know that all of you are in our thoughts during this time, and we thank you for continuing to support the community of Bluegrass music. Please be safe!

Kindest regards,
Elizabeth Greeson, President
High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association