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Sunday, July 28, 2019 @ 2:30 PM

Stonefield Cellars Winery
8220 NC Highway 68 North
Stokesdale, NC


Paula Dellenback & Fox River

Paula Dellenback & Fox River was formed from a musically rich area near the state’s heritage music trail called “The Crooked Road”. With a style of their own, these members bring a mixture of original material, traditional and progressive Bluegrass music.

 Paula Dellenback is an award winning singer and songwriter born in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. Her songwriting has a style of storytelling through song that brings visuals of the region’s history and intrigue of trials, family, love, and life. Her second original song “Jar Gap”, won WPAQ’s Ralph Epperson Award for excellence and has been the most popular so far. Paula began music later in life but took off at a fast pace singing lead, harmony and playing rhythm guitar and electric bass. She has played in numerous Gospel bands, solo shows, and manages the Paula Dellenback & Fox River Band. Paula and her band have appeared in numerous festivals and venues including “Song of the Mountains”, IBMA, Reeves Theater, Heartwood, Blackmon Amphitheater, and many more.

 George Cutchins began his music career at a very young age by attending all the festivals and fiddlers conventions during the late 70s-80s with his mom and grandma who danced with local dance teams. He has played upright bass with many musicians throughout the years. George briefly played with, and was influenced by  “Old Standby” Mr Jim Eanes around 1992-1993.  He also played with many other local groups until 1996 when he joined Don Smith and the Foggy River Boys. George is still with Don and they have been going strong for 23 years. Other bands include Bluegrass hall of fame artist Bobby Atkins and The Countrymen, Out of Bounds, The Hardtimes Band, Paula Dellenback and Fox River from 2016-current, and The New High Country Boys from 2018 to current. He played mostly upright bass and occasionally rhythm guitar with all the bands. Several of George’s influences are Charlie Waller, Ed Farris, Bill Harrell, Roy McMillian, Monroe Brothers, Mac Wiseman, Ray Cline, Don Reno, Charlie Poole and many others. George is a member of multiple organizations of bluegrass music including the Sandy Ridge Music Association where Paula Dellanback is a board member and promoter, the North Carolina Bluegrass Music Association, High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association,  and several luthier organizations. George Cutchins’ passion is to help promote the traditional style of music and to preserve the heritage of its meaning in song.

 Charlie Milliron grew up in Franklin County, VA. No one in his family played music but he was drawn to the Bluegrass & Old-Time style of music that was played at the old Cannaday’s Store in Boones Mill, VA. Charlie started joining music jams at the age of 10 and by 14 was becoming a good rhythm player and taking lead breaks on the popular Bluegrass and fiddle tune instrumentals. From that time through high school he was influenced greatly by the band Lost & Found and Charlie Waller and Country Gentlemen. Uncle Josh Graves and Bashful Brother Oswald influenced Charlie’s Dobro playing, and to this day he still makes that old box cry and sing like they did! Charlie is now a prize winning Dobro player himself as well as a singer and songwriter.  He is currently part of the Roger Handy and Friends band as well as Paula Dellenback & Fox River.  One of Charlie’s greatest passions is to help young musicians develop their skills in Bluegrass/Old-Time music. He encourages them to mature into great players and to help preserve the tradition for future generations. Charlie’s favorite saying to these young musicians is “Don’t ever lose the melody!”

 Thanks to Johnny Cox who is filling in on mandolin.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019  2:30-4:30 PM


Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmer’s Market
2914 Sandy Ridge Road
Colfax NC



Mason Via with Waverly Leonard & Hot Trail Mix

Hot Trail Mix is an innovative North Carolina bluegrass band
with a rowdy youthful vigor that excites audiences of all ages,
shapes and sizes! Hot Trail Mix combines soulful high
lonesome harmony singing with virtuosic instrumental prowess.
The band features an all-star cast of convention ribbon
winners, including: Mason Via (guitar), Zeb Gambill (mandolin),
Grayson Tuttle (banjo), Waverly Leonard (fiddle), and
Zachary Smith (of Town Mountain) on bass. Led by Mason Via,
a young singer/songwriter and son of award-winning
songwriter David Via (Corn Tornado). Mason’s lyrics are also
considered by many to be the driving force behind the band’s
music, and his vocals back up the deep emotion that his lyrics
possess. In 2018 they released their debut album. Listen
here: https://hottrailmix.bandcamp.com/releases

Notable past venues: IBMA/Wide Open Bluegrass, Floydfest,
Merlefest, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Fingerlakes
Grassroots Festival, Richmond Folk Festival, Roosterwalk,
Watermelon Park Fest.

Waverly Leonard (Fiddle) of Wilmington, NC, and Mason Via
(Guitar) of Danbury, NC form together as a tight dynamic
bluegrass duo. When combined, these talented musicians
showcase their instrumental prowess and high-lonesome vocal
harmonies. With genre material ranging from Bluegrass,
Oldtime, and Irish, as well as some of your favorite cover
classics brought into an acoustic rootsy setting. Both Mason
and Waverly are musical veterans of their respective
college/university’s bluegrass band programs (WWC & UNC).
Website: www.masonvia.com/hot-trail-mix.html
Promo Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn-MPDX3nXo
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hottrailmix
Instagram @hottrailmix_official
Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYJcoYdtLjc
Video 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXk2LqD6hA0

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Saturday,  May 18, 2019 – 10AM – 6PM

Hagan-Stone Park
5920 Hagan-Stone Park Road
Pleasant Garden NC 27313
High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association presents the 22th Annual Pickin’ in the Park Bluegrass Music Festival at the Clyde Davis Memorial Stage in Hagan-Stone Park. There is no charge to attend and the public is invited to bring a chair or picnic blanket and come share with us a day of music. Please visit the Picking in the Park page for more details.

This year’s headliner is Williamson Branch:

Nashville based, Williamson Branch, is a high energy, high steppin’ show that features a fine-tuned variety of bluegrass, gospel and country music, accentuated by world class Appalachian clog dancing. As Pinecastle recording artists, this family fills every performance with memorable moments of love and laughter. In recent years audiences from Canada to the Cayman Islands, Maine to the Mexican border have thrilled to the soaring vocal harmonies and sparkling personalities of Williamson Branch!

“This high energy stage show features the magic of pitch perfect, organic family harmony!” The Southern Illinoisan

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Sunday,  April 28, 2019 – 2:30PM

Mountain Highway

Join us for an afternoon of traditional bluegrass music by Mountain Highway in the 3rd floor “Upstage Cabaret” at the Triad Stage in downtown Greensboro, NC. Hosted by the High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association, this performance will feature a full set of classic bluegrass hits originally recorded by musicians like Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Flatt & Scruggs.

Make plans now to attend:

    Upstage Cabaret @ Triad Stage 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    232 S. Elm St – 3rd Floor, Greensboro, NC

For more information about Mountain Highway, visit: https://mountainhighway.com.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019 @ 7-10 PM

Vintage Oaks Farm
209 Eastern Randolph Road
Ramseur, NC



Admission is $15.00 per person 

The hosts of TV’s Bluegrass Ridge are coming to Vintage Oaks Farm! Nu-Blu will be performing a concert right here at the barn, so get your tickets now! This event will also be a fundraiser for the High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association in Greensboro, NC.

Hailing from Siler City, NC, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town,Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. Zach McCracken on banjo, and Justin Harrison on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet’s warm, layered, American roots sound that builds to a full country sound. Learn more about Nu-Blu at www.nu-blu.com.

Tickets by Eventbrite,go to following page to purchase tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/373981509820853/?active_tab=about  

We have been informed that there will be food and drink available to purchase.  

We look forward to seeing you there!!BRING A FRIEND or A DATE,THEY WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!!

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Sunday, March 24, 2019 @ 2:30 PM

Cabaret Room
Triad Stage
232 S. Elm Street
Greensboro, NC


Hindsight Bluegrass

The word hindsight has different meanings. One meaning in the dictionary, “understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed”, came to mind after getting together to play music with friends one cold winter night. We knew we were heading into an endeavor where we could all use our talents to the fullest to create music with friends that would bring out the best in each of us. The band consists of Scott Hancock, Stan Brown, Fiddlin’ Al McCanless, Jim Boren and Julie Brown. Sit back and listen to a group that should have been formed years ago.

Scott Hancock grew up playing music with his father in Randolph County, NC. Scott has played multiple instruments but likes to stay with the guitar. His rhythm guitar playing is flawless and is the perfect support for his vocals. Scott mostly sings lead and tenor with Hindsight but can sing and arrange all of the vocal parts. He is a pleasure to hear in all aspects of the music and hears the little things that just make the music better.

Stan Brown grew up in Randolph County playing guitar and banjo at an early age with his father. After graduating from NC State he moved to Nashville to play banjo with Wilma Lee Cooper on the festival circuit and weekly appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. After leaving Wilma Lee he played with many greats such as Bill Monroe, Skeeter Davis, the Osborne Brothers and many others. After returning to North Carolina he has played with several North Carolina based bands including The Bluegrass Experience and the Outliers. Today he plays banjo and sings harmony with Hindsight Bluegrass.

Allen McCanless, aka “Fiddlin’” Al McCanless, has over 50 years of performing experience. Starting on harmonica and guitar in high school, he took up fiddle as a sophomore at the UNC-CH School of Pharmacy. He was a founding member of the legendary Newgrass group, The New Deal String Band and later was a member of the Bluegrass Experience. McCanless spent years learning Irish-Celtic fiddle tunes and has made two recordings with his group Celtic Jam. He appeared on the first Red Clay Ramblers Folkways recording, “The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin’ Al McCanless.” He has also recorded with Mike Cross, Alice Gerrard and many other groups as a guest fiddler. When not making music with the Hindsight, McCanless spends his time making pottery and old time open back banjos.

Jim Boren was raised in a musical family in rural Pleasant Garden, North Carolina. Jim’s dad played guitar and sang mostly country music and his mom would join in on bass fiddle. Jim started playing guitar around the age of 12, being influenced by his dad and the music of the sixties & seventies by artists such as Graves, Brother Oswald, Mike Auldridge and, of course, Jerry Douglas. Jim has played with Southeast Express Bluegrass Band for over 20 years and well as Shortly Thereafter Band for 3 years and now plays dobro and sings lead and harmony with Hindsight Bluegrass. *As Briscoe Darling would say, “Ya Got Time to breathe, ya got time for music.”

Julie Brown grew up in Angier playing music in the school bands and tinkering with the guitar a little. Her family traveled to bluegrass festivals for weekend vacations and that put the music in her blood. In 1989 after helping her dad try to figure out some things on his banjo, she decided she needed one of those too. That was all it took. She played banjo for years after that and also took up classical upright bass in the mid 90’s, later using the knowledge to play bluegrass bass in the late ‘90’s. Julie has played with several North Carolina bands throughout the years including being a founding member of the Outliers and currently is the bassist and with Hindsight Bluegrass.


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Sunday, February 24, 2019 – 2:30 PM

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


Carolina Divide

Carolina Divide is a new Bluegrass band based out of the Carolinas. The band formed in October, 2018.

Carl Patterson is originally from Clintwood, VA but makes his home in Stony Point, NC with his wife Neriah. Carl started playing the upright bass when he was in the 3rd grade. He moved to guitar in the 5th grade. He began singing in 9th grade. Carl sings lead and baritone vocals while serving as the guitarist for Carolina Divide.

Andrew Dowling is a young Dobro player out of Spartanburg, SC. He never knew what a dobro was until he saw a man (who later became his teacher) play one in his church and knew he had to have one. He got one as a Christmas present when he was 15 and it soon became his passion. He started traveling with his teacher’s band.

Daniel Schronce is a young musician out of Claremont, NC. Daniel began his Bluegrass journey in the 7th grade when he got on YouTube and learned a few chords on the mandolin. He quickly learned the basics at lessons, and began playing at multiple local jams. Soon after, Daniel started to teach himself how to play guitar and bass. He played both alto saxophone and bass in the concert and jazz band in high school. He also played bass in the pit orchestra for the high school musical productions.

Jacob Turnbill grew up in Shelby, NC and learned to play bluegrass fiddle at the age of twelve. Jacob was influenced by bluegrass fiddlers of the 1940’s and 1950’s such as Benny Martin, Bobby Hicks, Paul Warren, and Kenny Baker. Jacob considers these four men his fiddle heroes. Over the 9 years he has been playing fiddle, he has competed and placed in fiddler’s conventions throughout Virginia and NC. 

Jacob Connor is 24 years old from Conover, NC. He started playing mandolin at 12 years old. He’s played in several different bluegrass and bluegrass gospel bands in his 12 years of playing. 

Hunter Motts from Pacolet, SC has been playing banjo since he was 13. His love of bluegrass began with his Grandpa at a young age. He tries to incorporate different styles into his playing. Hunter has played with several bands over the years and most recently from 2016-2018, played professionally with The Baker Family.

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