The Piney Woods Boys share the music of Doc Watson in this special Labor Day weekend concert! To many, Doc Watson was the incarnation of Southern traditional music. His family’s musical traditions stretch back to British ballads and forward to bluegrass and beyond. Some of the beloved songs in Doc’s repertoire were learned from the 78 rpm recordings of string band and blues musicians who were wildly popular in the South during the early 20th century. The Piney Woods Boys draw from the golden age of music that inspired Doc’s playing. Included in their set is “Cold Frosty Morn,” a tune that Doc learned from the Piney Woods Boys’ own Jim Collier, who in his youth played in a band with Doc’s father-in-law, Gaither Carlton, and brother Arnold Watson.
Members of the Piney Woods Boys came of age in the 1970s at the tail end of a musical era. As teenagers, they sought out the “real sounds” of community music that could still be heard at family parties, dances, and churches. The musicians they learned from possessed a regional style of playing that pre-dated the Great Homogenization of the recording industry, before “old-time” and “bluegrass” split into two camps. Today you can hear that “real sound” in the Piney Woods Boys’ music—Piedmont fiddle tunes, mountain gospel harmonies, and string band blues.
Three of the band members have played together in various combinations for 40 years or more. Jim Collier, Margaret Martin, Wayne Martin, and Minnesota ace Matt Haney formed the Piney Woods Boys in 2012 to revisit the music that inspired their youth. With the taste and talent of seasoned musicians, the Piney Woods Boys now introduce the great canon of Southern bedrock music to a new generation.
Prior to the concert, the Wake Forest Recreation Advisory Board will provide an array of organized games and activities as part of “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected.” This free, family-friendly event offers Wake Forest-area residents a unique opportunity to “disconnect” from their cell phones, computers and other electronic devices and “reconnect” with their community, friends and family by engaging in healthier, more active pursuits.
The festivities get underway at 4 p.m. in the vicinity of Joyner Park’s Walker Garden. Games will include sack and relay races, corn hole, miniature golf and more. Several food vendors will also be on hand selling a variety of treats and refreshments.
Area residents are encouraged to bring a picnic, leashed pets, a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music. Food will also be available to purchase on-site. Concert-goers are reminded that alcoholic beverages, smoking and unleashed pets are prohibited at Joyner Park. Two large charcoal grills are provided on site.
In the event of inclement weather, there will be no shortage of ways to find out whether the concert will be moved to the rain site. Updated concert information will be available by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert via PineCone’s e-newsletter and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter), on Wake Forest TV 10, or on the Town’s Facebook page, as well as the Facebook event page.
You can also call the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes. The Town of Wake Forest app is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users. Search for “Town of Wake Forest” on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play.
Parking is only permitted in the visitor parking lot or in the flat, grassy area at the park’s entrance. Designated parking for people with disabilities is available in E Carroll Joyner Park’s parking lot. Please park in the designated parking lot if space is available.
For safety reasons, parking is NOT permitted along the entry road to Joyner Park. Overflow parking is also available at the Cottage at Olde Mill Stream, 901 Barnford Mill Road. Learn more about parking at E Carroll Joyner Park, and see a map of the different parking areas