Carolina Jubilee in Raleigh - Free Concert this Saturday, Nov. 16

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The North Carolina Bluegrass Association, in conjunction with Longview Baptist Church and Raleigh Television Network, presents the Carolina Jubilee, featuring the Ash Breeze Band, Carolina Crossing, and Sourwood Mountain Band, with hosts Gary Carrier and Vivien Pennington Hopkins. RSVP for this event on Facebook (& share it with your friends!)

Ash Breeze Band

Ash Breeze is an up-and-coming band from Moore County, North Carolina. 2013 has been an exciting year for them - they were signed by Mark Hodges at Mountain Fever Record Label, and they performed on PBS's nationally syndicated Song of the Mountains in February at the Historic Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va.; Bluegrass and Barbeque at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO; Dollywood in TN; South Carolina; Houstonfest in Galax, VA; and bluegrass festivals in Vermont, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, Canada, as well as other great venues. They cite a variety of influences for their music, including classical training at younger ages, a move into bluegrass, and influences from folk, blues, Americana, and their faith.

Carolina Crossing

Carolina Crossing is a bluegrass band from the mountains of North Carolina, which was formed in early 2010. Carolina Crossing is commited to keeping bluegrass music alive with a good selection of standards and original material. The band enjoys performing a range of songs, from hard-driving arrangements to soft ballads. The band is: Gary Trivette (bass, vocals), Curtis Main (banjo, vocals), Tyler Thompson (guitar, vocals), Dennis Isaacs (guitar), and Robby Norris (mandolin).

Sourwood Mountain Band

The Sourwood Mountain Band traces its beginnings to the Sourwood Mountain String Band, the musical complement to the famous Sourwood Mountain Cloggers from Franklinton, NC, in the 1960s. The band took its own form in 1995 when Gary Bray, Tommy Carter, and Raymond Bragg, all from Franklinton, formed the Sourwood Mountain Band and began playing bluegrass music in Franklin County and the surrounding North Carolina area. The group's first big breaks came when it landed bookings for the PreddyFest and Butterwood festivals in 1997. From there on they began regular appearances at bluegrass events in the region. A very special event occurred in 2005 when they played at the homecoming reception for U.S. Army troops returning from Southwest Asia at Camp Mackall, NC. The group takes great pride in their 14 consecutive appearnaces as the host band for the PreddyFest bluegrass festival held each summer in Franklinton, NC.
The current band lineup includes: Gary Bray, continuing as lead singer and guitar player as he has from day one; Tommy Carter, another original member,
continues working the tenor vocals; Raymond Bragg, the third remaining original Sourwood Mountaineer, continues on the bass; Donnie Barham on banjo; and Carl Norgaard on mandolin and harmony vocals. The group centers its music on bluegrass and bluegrass gospel. From time to time they reach back in the classic country attic, pull out an old standard, and arrange it as a bluegrass number, or throw in a progressive number, but by and large their music is traditional.