Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 2:30 PMRagsdale Civic Center at Jamestown Town Hall 301 East Main Street Jamestown, NC (behind Town Hall and beside Fire Station) Bring instrument for jam sessions
Ben Marshall & 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!