Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 2:30 PMStonefield Cellars Winery 8220 NC Hwy 68 N Stokesdale NC
Rich in Tradition
Rich in Tradition has been a band for many years. They have five extremely talented musicians.
Jay Adams – Banjo and Vocals: Jay grew up in Spray NC (now Eden). His main influences on the banjo include Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Gene Parker, and Craig Smith. Jay became a Christian at the age of 13 and rededicated his life to the Lord in 1987. He has been active at Floyd Baptist Church since. He serves as a deacon, Adult Sunday school teacher, and plays guitar and sings with his family and friends at church. Jay has written several gospel songs which have been recorded. He also enjoys hunting, restoring old Jeeps and does some instrument repair, too. He lives in Pine Hall, NC with his wife, Teresa, and has two daughters, Ellie and Katie. Jay says the most important part of his music is using it to lift up Christ and to share with others the many blessings that God has given him.
Greg Jones – Mandolin and Vocals: Greg was born in the heart of the bluegrass and old time haven Mt. Airy, N.C. Growing up with a family of musicians and singers made it a lot easier to get the pickin’ bug. At the ripe old age of 15, he found himself with a hankering to learn an instrument. So, in order to keep up with his brother who had learned the banjo 6 months earlier, he needed to get started. Influenced by an uncle nicknamed “Smoke”, he picked up the mandolin and started learning everything from Bill Monroe to David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs. Holding the hand of traditional bluegrass and contemporary new grass along with Grisman’s dawg music, Greg set out to learn all he could keep up with family and friends who could already pick and could do it well. Playing early on with several groups including, “The Cana River Boys”, “Backyard Bluegrass”, and “Boarderline”, Greg went on to play with more established bands such as “Piedmont Grass”, and the early versions of “The James King Band”. In 1994, he joined the bluegrass gospel group “Cornerstone”, staying with them until April of 2000, when the band split up to venture into other directions. Then, in May of 2000, Greg joined “The Bluegrass Tradition Band”. They had 1 recording, won the 2001 Galax Fiddlers Convention, and played at the 2002 National Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine. On July 3, 2003, at the Carter Fold in Hilton, Virginia, Greg got to perform with Johnny Cash. Bluegrass Tradition was scheduled to perform that night and Mr. Cash was to perform that night too. It turned out, that Mr. Cash needed a baritone singer and Greg was the only one in sight. This performance happened just 2 months before Johnny’s death. What an honor it was of Greg to take in that great moment. In 2004, Greg began to venture out again with some other bands, hooking up with legendary songwriter and banjo player Cullen Galyean and his band “The Bluegrassers”. Mickey Galyean, Cullen’s son, was also a member of the band. Their playing was always hot, but the singing was smokin’ hot. Greg and Mickey took turns with lead and tenor, while Cullen nailed the baritone every time. They played mostly at local festivals, private parties, and a fiddler’s convention here and there. Then in 2006 Greg and Mickey got together with Brad Hiatt on bass, Jay Adams on Banjo, and Tim Martin on fiddle, to form “Rich-in-Tradition”. Shortly after forming the band, they set the fiddler’s conventions ablaze, winning 4 out of 5 conventions (including Galax Fiddlers Convention). Greg says that his life has been a great ride and is ready for what lies ahead. Greg still lives in Mt. Airy with his wife Shannon, his son Daniel, and two daughters Katie and Emily.
Ronnie Edwards – Guitar and Vocals: Ronnie has been flatpicking for over forty years. He played with a band called “Commonwealth” from 1984 to 1987, then from 1987 to 1990 with “Summer Wages.” He then moved to Nashville in 1990 and was a songwriter for Crosswinds Publishing. He later wrote for MCA, Still Working Music, Major Bob Publishing (which is Garth Brooks’ Publishing Company) then he spent several years writing for Warner/Chappell. In the meantime, he had moved back to Mt. Airy and has been with Rich in Tradition since the first of 2012. Ronnie is married and has a daughter and a son.
Jake Harbour – Bass and Vocals: Jacob started playing music at the age of thirteen. He plays the banjo, guitar, and bass; and also enjoys singing baritone and lead. He has played, recorded and filled in with several bands in the Patrick County, VA area, as well as Stokes County, NC. Jacob gives his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ all of the credit for his musical abilities and is very thankful for his gift. He is currently attending Appalachian State University as an Elementary Education major. He is very excited to be playing the bass for Rich in Tradition and is enjoying every minute of it. When not playing music, you can find Jacob camping, hunting, four wheeler riding, participating in church activities, and spending time with his girlfriend, Caroline. Jacob lives in Danbury, NC.
Daniel Greeson – Fiddle: Daniel Greeson has been playing bluegrass fiddle since he was very young. Daniel at age 16 was already noted as an accomplished musician. He has won many prestigious competitions. He has established a name for himself at fiddler’s conventions throughout North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee competing in both adult and youth divisions. AT age 18 now, Daniel will be attending East Tennessee State University after just graduating from High School this year. High Lonesome Strings has been blessed to have Daniel as a member for many years.