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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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Sunday, February 23, 2020 – 2:30 PM

Cabaret Room, Triad Stage
232 South Elm Street
Greensboro, NC


Zoo City Pickers

Zoo City Pickers is based in Asheboro, right in the middle of North Carolina. We are: Barbara Bartos on banjo, Bernie Bartos on upright bass, Terry Lawrence on guitar and mandolin, and Perry Coble on harmonica. We all sing and especially love to blend our voices in harmony.

The past year has been especially busy, with ZCP appearing several times at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, Tunes@Noon in LeBauer Park, the Fall Festival at Ingram’s Strawberry Farm, a special community event at The Table in Asheboro, and capping it all off at Greensboro’s Festival of Lights in December. We were especially tickled to be part of the Pickin’ at the MARC Fiddlers convention in November, where we placed fifth for bluegrass bands, what a fun evening with great people!

Barbara and Bernie formed Zoo City Pickers in 2017, with the current members playing together since the start of 2019. Some background on all of us:

Bernie and Barbara Bartos are originally from Massachusetts and New York, respectively. Yes, they are d—— Yankees but don’t hold that against them! Barbara’s family is from Wilkes County, so they’ve always had one foot in the south. And as the saying goes, they got here as soon as they could. That journey took place about eight years ago when they moved to South Carolina. A couple of years later, Barbara fell in love with the sound of the banjo and started lessons with Jim Fraley of A Deeper Shade of Blue. You all know Jim, what a wonderful picker and proud to call him friend. A couple of years after that, Bernie and Barbara relocated to central North Carolina to be closer to the music they loved, where they could hear it and play it often. During that time, Bernie had mentioned to a friend that he’d always wanted to learn to play bass, and the next thing you know, that same friend gifted him with a bass! She had also been given that bass, never played it, and knew it would finally be in it’s forever home. And so, it was.

Terry Lawrence is originally from Tampa, Florida, and has lived in North Carolina for 33 years. He and his wife, Bev, have lived on their farm for 31 of those years. His early music training was in playing trumpet in the school orchestra, marching and jazz band. Right around the time he was finishing high school, Terry started playing bass guitar, then acoustic guitar. From Terry: “I’ve always had a liking for organically sounding acoustic music which is what took me through folk, pop, country and now Bluegrass. I enjoy playing guitar and occasionally mandolin with our group, The Zoo City Pickers and have been with the band for close to a year. I look forward to this new year and the opportunity to play together.” Terry also plays trumpet in the Randolph Jazz Band, bass and guitar in First Presbyterian Church Worship band “Psalm 150”, and sings tenor at the traditional service. The Randolph Jazz band plays at several local venues and has appeared at the Sunset Theatre in Asheboro.

Robert Perry “PBob” Coble grew up in the Grantville community 8 miles east of Asheboro NC. His entire family was musical: Grandpa Wesley Spivey (maternal grandfather) played fiddle, Dad played guitar and Mom played piano and organ. His older brother Roy and youngest brother Warren both play piano and organ, while his younger brother Sydney plays guitar. Roy and Sydney were music ministers, leading large choirs and writing/publishing many original Southern Gospel songs. PBob took piano lessons for a couple of years while very young, but never developed either skill or interest in the instrument. He began playing rhythm guitar in his teen years, playing off and on throughout life. In 2001 at 53 years of age, his wife Jabet suggested learning to play harmonica. He began teaching himself, with lots of help with music theory from Roy via many long-distance late-night telephone calls. He became a regular member of two large harmonica clubs in the Tidewater VA area. He and Jabet moved from Williamsburg, VA to Grantville NC in 2005 (after living out of NC for 40 years).

PBob (on harmonica), Roy (on keyboard) and cousin Edward Hammer (on upright bass) began playing gospel music in retirement communities and churches as The Up The Creek Boys, so called because PBob and Roy grew up literally “up the creek” (along Richland Creek) on adjoining farms with the Hammer family, . He and Edward also actively support the Good Times Jam on Thursday evenings at the Randolph Arts Guild (RAG); this jam was created over 45 years ago by Edward’s uncle Clinton Brown, the original fiddler in the local bluegrass group The Good Times Band. PBob also hosted a harmonica club at RAG for several years. In 2017, he retired and was asked to join the Zoo City Pickers. He has been playing “pneumatic fiddle” steadily with them ever since. He is currently learning to play dobro. His primary goal is to have lots of fun playing music with and for other people.


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