This winter, the Blue Ridge Music Center is collaborating with the Yadkin Arts Council to bring audiences the Sounds of the Mountains concert series, showcasing bluegrass, Americana, and more with performances by The Church Sisters, Laurelyn Dossett & Friends, The Harris Brothers, The South Carolina Broadcasters, Zoe & Cloyd, and None of the Above.
While the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed for the season, the music will play on at the Willingham Theater in Yadkinville. The Yadkin Arts Council is offering a special ticket rate of $50 for all three shows ($10 savings). The concert series also is sponsored by WFDD 88.5 FM – Public Radio for the Piedmont.
“Our Sounds of the Mountains music series is a new experiment for us,” said Arts Council Director Lindsay Craven. “In years past we haven’t had performances in January, but we noticed that the bluegrass, folk and Americana music scene didn’t have much presence anywhere during the early parts of the year. We wanted to change that. We hope that this series is going to get people out and listening to exception regional music at a time of year where there aren’t a lot of event opportunities. The artists we’ve selected for this inaugural series are some of the best the region has to offer and full of up and coming talent that a lot of our audience hasn’t had the chance to experience before.”
The schedule for the series is listed below. Call the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center at 336-679-2941 for tickets or visit www.yadkinarts.org.
• The Church Sisters with openers: The South Carolina Broadcasters will be Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. / $20, $50 all three shows.
Twin 18-year-olds Savannah and Sarah Church are known for their angelic Blue Ridge Mountain music harmonies. They’re backed by some of the region’s best instrumentalists, including guitarist Josh Pickett (No Speed Limit), mandolinist Spencer Strickland (Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, Virginia Luthiers Band) and bassist Jacob Eller (No Speed Limit, Sierra Hull). The Church Sisters are featured—along with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, and Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers—on the recently released Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, a recreation of the historic recording sessions when Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers were first discovered.
Stars of the Lowe Vintage Radio Show on WPAQ and masters of primitive bluegrass, The South Carolina Broadcasters bring Southern music at its finest to the stage. Their razor sharp harmonies, exceptional multi-instrumentation, and fabulous song selection are captivating. The trio, David and Ivy Sheppard and Andy Edmonds, put their own spin on the music of the foothills whether performing new songs or rare tunes from the archives of music. For tickets, visit www.yadkinarts.org or call (336) 679-2941.
• Laurelyn Dossett & Friends with openers: Zoe & Cloyd will be Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. / $20, $50 all three shows.
Singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett lives in the Piedmont of North Carolina, and her songs, both traditional and contemporary, reflect the stories of the region. One of the most sought-after voices in creative collaborations, she cofounded Polecat Creek with singing partner Kari Sickenberger. Her song “Anna Lee” was featured on Levon Helm’s Grammy-winning record Dirt Farmer and CD/DVD, Live at the Ryman. Dossett’s “Leaving Eden” was the title track for the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops’ 2012 release.
Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller are Zoe & Cloyd. Miller and Weinstein have been making music together in various arrangements since 2005. Their journey began with a series of shows with their current bandmate in Red June, Will Straughan. Miller is a 12th generation North Carolina native and the grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler and North Carolina Folk Heritage Award winner Jim Shumate. He is well known for his haunting mountain voice and his prowess on mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. Weinstein also comes from a musical family and is an accomplished fiddler in a variety of styles as well as an inspiring singer and songwriter. For tickets, visit www.yadkinarts.org or call (336) 679-2941.
• The Harris Brothers with openers: None of the Above will be Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m. / $20, $50 all three shows.
Brothers Reggie and Ryan Harris were born and raised in Western North Carolina. Their expansive live repertoire consists of traditional roots music, rock ’n’ roll, blues, Appalachian music, vintage country, and bluegrass. Their live shows effortlessly shift from well-known tunes to the duo’s own arrangements of songs from all sides of the Americana spectrum. The duo was one of the breakout regional roots music bands at National Folk Festival in Greensboro, N.C., this fall.
Working with traditional bluegrass instrumentation, None of the Above creates a unique sound that includes elements and material from a variety of styles including bluegrass, Americana, alternative country, and original material. For tickets, visit www.yadkinarts.org or call 336-679-2941.