You’re in for a treat at this week’s Pickin’ in the Plaza concert! Sideline features the musical talents of banjo player Steve Dilling, along with Skip Cherryhomes on guitar, Jason Moore on bass, and brothers Brian Aldridge on mandolin and Daniel Aldridge on fiddle. With a new, recently released album to their credit, they’re sure to share some new music in addition to some bluegrass classics at this show. This group of pickers and singers are top-tier bluegrassers with fans all over the world.
Sideline will take the stage at 8:40 p.m., following Kasey Tyndall (7:15 p.m.) and The Holland Brothers (6 p.m.).
Last year, Tyndall won a highly competitive contest hosted by 94.7 WQDR to sing a duet with country megastar Keith Urban on his “Raise ‘Em Up” tour stop at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh. Hosts invited contestants to call in and give their best rendition of “We Were Us,” a duet between Urban and fellow country singer Miranda Lambert. The radio station selected the best auditions to forward on to Urban’s team and within days, Tyndall got the news that she had been selected. After that duet (in front of some 19,000 people), the 19-year-old’s life was forever changed – radio personalities, venue owners, producers, and well respected musicians began calling. Since then she has been writing and recording with some of the top songwriters and producers in the business. In addition to her duet with Urban, she’s opened for Josh Thompson, Jason Michael Carroll, Easton Corbin, Kelsea Ballerini, Colt Ford, Phil Robertson, Rodney Atkins, The Cadillac 3, and Pretty Little Liars and country music star Lucy Hale. Tyndall learned to play guitar when her dad taught her the only three chords he knew, and she took it from there by listening to country music – she says her greatest influences stem from a bluegrass and country upbringing. Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss, and Rhonda Vincent helped shape her music. Tyndall grew up in Greenville, NC, and attended East Carolina University; she recently made the move to Nashville.
Similar to the Piedmont songsters of old, The Holland Brothers from North Carolina play a variety of old-time folk, country, and blues music that includes choice covers and inspired original songwriting. Drawing inspiration from Charlie Poole to Charlie Patton, when twin brothers Mark and Michael Holland sing harmony, they get your attention. They then keep it with a fine display of blues harp, acoustic slide guitar, and thumbpicking 12-string guitar that form the basis of a memorable and entertaining show.
The event is rain or shine, but should severe weather cause a cancellation at the primary event site of City Plaza, it will be posted here and at PickinInThePlaza.com, and the live music performances will be moved indoors to Deep South The Bar at 430 S Dawson St in Raleigh – just 2 blocks from City Plaza.