Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM (Please note the later time)Mt Hope United Church of Christ 2400 Mt Hope Church Road Whitsett NC 27377
Bring instrument for jam sessions
New Southern Ground
New Southern Ground is a new and upcoming bluegrass band that loves playing traditional bluegrass and gospel bluegrass tunes. It features five talented artists demonstrating a vast array of musical talents. The band consists of over 90 years of combined performance experience. Based out of Asheboro, NC, New Southern Ground takes pride in preserving our traditional bluegrass heritage. The band got its start as a brother/sister duo called The Hensons and later evolved into the full band. The band has played at the Wide World of Bluegrass Raleigh-Durham Airport, IBMA event with the High Lonesome Strings Association, The Earle Theatre in Mount Airy, NC State Fair, Sunset Theater, The Liberty Showcase and many other local benefits and churches.
Tanner Henson is the band’s talented 18-year-old lead singer and guitarist. Tanner travels all over North Carolina and Virginia competing in festivals and is a multi-award winning musician. He also plays fiddle and mandolin. His bluegrass career began at the age of twelve when he was promised his great, great, great grandfather’s fiddle if he would learn to play it. Needless to say, when Tanner’s bow hit the fiddle he was hooked on bluegrass and his life was forever changed. Tanner will be attending the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the fall and plans to be a part of the Carolina Bluegrass Band.
Macy Henson is the band’s thirteen-year-old lead singer and fiddle player. With her sassy personality and great clogging steps she brings fun and excitement to the stage. At age of eight, Macy was inspired by her brother’s playing and decided to start taking lessons. She too was enthralled by the sound of bluegrass music and began singing and playing with her brother Tanner at churches, festivals, and local events. Macy plays the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Macy is also a multi-award winning youth bluegrass musician who strives to keep the music alive by sharing it with others. She is known to many as the All American Bluegrass Girl, earning that name as she proudly sings Rhonda Vincent’s All American Bluegrass Girl.
Tom Isenhour is a veteran of the bluegrass scene in the Carolinas. He adds to the band with his skillful mandolin ability. Tom’s interest in bluegrass was sparked upon first hearing the Beverly Hillbillies theme song back in 1962. Tom plays all of the instruments of bluegrass and has played with The Garland Shuping band, the original High Country Boys, and Wild Country. He has also had the opportunity to pick tunes with The Masters of Bluegrass. Tom says, “Bluegrass is in my soul.” He has his own personal bluegrass museum in his residence in Salisbury, NC. Tom’s desire is to play music as long as he can and spread his love for bluegrass to others.
Danny Bowers will be filling in on Banjo. He has been a member of High Lonesome Strings since May of 1998, a long time member! He has played and sang with numerous bands over the years, is the master of many instruments, taught a Dobro workshop for me one year at PITP, and participated in one of our songwriters showcases.
Don Jones is handling the Bass duties. Another longtime member since November 1997, he also has been with many bands and can be seen all around the area jamming. He also plays guitar and sings.