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This is a fundraising event for High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association. Our goal is to raise money for the High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association’s Youth Scholarship Fund. Current Youth Scholarship Recipients will be appearing before the show and during intermission. Come early so you can catch the ‘future of bluegrass’ in the ‘now’!
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Sunday, January 23, 2011 2 PM

Greensboro Cultural Center
Band Rehearsal Hall, bottom floor
200 N. Davie Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

Bring instrument for jam sessions

Sponsored by Music Center City Arts

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Wood & Steel  is a bluegrass band based in the Piedmont Region of central North Carolina – an area steeped in bluegrass tradition. This area has consistently produced some of the best talent in the genre – from the groundbreaking banjo style of Earl Scruggs, to the sophisticated fiddle of Bobby Hicks. Wood & Steel carries-on the proud tradition of North Carolina Bluegrass, with a reverence for the traditional sound, but unafraid to feather its repertoire with songs from a variety of sources – all done “Bluegrass Style”. Their 2007 CD, “Poor Boy” features five of the band’s original compositions along with selections from such diverse sources as Mel Tillis, Jim & Jesse McReynolds and even Jonathan Edwards. Bluegrass Unlimited says, “Wood & Steel has created a masterpiece of hard-driving bluegrass.” Tony Rice calls their music, “Bluegrass, in one of its most pure, unfiltered forms, played by good musicians.”

Ed Dodson (Oak Ridge, NC) sings lead and tenor and plays guitar. He began his love of traditional music by listening to his father playing reels and breakdowns on an old taterbug mandolin. Ed has played guitar for over thirty years. He is a 9th year member of the Guitar Staff at the prestigious Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and has critically-acclaimed traditional duet recordings out with Skip Kelley, (“Feast Here Tonight”, and “The Little Green Valley”). Ed is currently performing with his 1936 shaded-top Martin D-18 and 1934 Martin D-28, along with his recently acquired mahogany dreadnaught built by John Slobod of Circa Guitars.

Joey Lemons (Walnut Cove, NC) sings lead and tenor and plays mandolin. Joey is the newest and youngest member of the band, but comes in with a wealth of talent and musicianship that belies his years. Joey’s soaring vocals and intricate cross-picking style of mandolin playing have added a special spark to the Wood & Steel sound. Joey is currently picking his Weber Yellowstone F5 on stage and in the studio.

Snuffy Smith (King, NC) sings baritone and plays banjo. Snuffy is one of the highest-praised set-up men in the business, based upon the number of times his name shows-up on Bluegrass CD’s today. His clientele includes such luminaries as Rice, Crowe, Scruggs, Skaggs, Mills, Shelor – and the list just keeps going. Snuffy manufactures the world famous banjo bridge, bearing his name, which over 90% of the professional banjo players use. Hailing from Arkansas, Snuffy spent 12 years on the road with Frankie Kelly & High Country Bluegrass. He performs locally with Zeke Saunders & Blades of Grass. Snuffy currently performs with Ol’ Yeller, his beloved 1934 Gibson Granada and “Ben”, his 1934 original Gibson RB-3.

Jacque Smith (King, NC) is the prettiest member of the band. On top of that, she has the patience to put up with Snuffy – EVERY DAY and still keep her 1,000 kilowatt smile intact! Jacque has toured extensively with Snuffy in Frankie Kelly & High Country Bluegrass. She has extraordinary timing and plays her vintage Kay bass with authority and grace and gets paid more per note than any of the rest of the fellas

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