Garrett Newton is a gifted young banjo player from Eastern North Carolina. At a young age, he began attending local bluegrass picking sessions and quickly became enamored with the traditional bluegrass sound. He has devoted significant time to learning the history and absorbing the recordings of the first generation of bluegrass artists and it clearly shows in the style and drive of his banjo playing.
Their 2017 release, YOUNG HEART, OLD SOUL, on Pinecastle Records showcased how raw, young talent paired with veteran bluegrass musicians, offers a new sound that is sweet music to the genre. The single, “Country Poor and Country Proud” charted on both the Bluegrass National and Roots Music Report charts. Current Garrett Newton Band members include: Garrett Newton, Banjo; Parks Icenhour, Lead Guitar/Bass Vocals; Allen Dyer, Rhythm Guitar/Lead Vocals' Lorraine Jordan, Acoustic Bass/Tenor Vocals; and Daniel Aldridge, on Mandolin/Baritone Vocals and Matt Hooper on Fiddle.
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
Pinecastle recording artist Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road has all the essential ingredients necessary to deliver world-class bluegrass music – tight vocals, scintillating instrumentation, and a charismatic stage show that engages audiences of all ages. And why not, as a band they have nearly 20 years of demonstrable success and collectively Carolina’s Road’s journeyman performers: Lorraine, Ben Greene, Tommy Long, Randy Graham, and Matt Hooper, have enjoyed over 100 years of successful experience, yet play with the same energy and enthusiasm as they did as “youngsters”. Put simply, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road deliver the goods!
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road are certainly no strangers to industry accolades either. Known as the “Lady of Tradition”, Lorraine has notched two IBMA “Recorded Event of the Year” awards in 2009 and 2011. She was also honored with SPBGMA’s prestigious “Female Vocalist of the Year” trophy in 2015. The same year, Carolina Road’s stellar banjoist, Ben Greene, walked away with the organization’s “Banjo Player of the Year” trophy.
Carolina Road has consistently delivered major chart action that includes 3 number #1 hits: “A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW”, “THAT’S KENTUCKY”, and most recently “TRUE GRASS”. “True Grass” hit #5 on the country chart, #1 ranking on the Roots Music chart, and topped the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey with an astounding record breaking of 4 consecutive months.
Musicianship + high energy showmanship + award winning music = a crowd pleasing show that sells tickets and makes Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road one of the most sought after bands in bluegrass music.
When not on the road or making music at someone else’s event, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road produce and host several events per year. Concerts at Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music, in Garner, NC, plus two successful festivals: “Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies”, in Pigeon Forge, TN, and the “Willow Oak Music Festival”, held in Roxboro, NC are just a few things the band gets into when not touring. Plans are now on the table for a new festival. The inaugural “North Carolina Banjo Fest” will honor the banjo’s role and the state’s rich history in bluegrass music, and will be held in Clemmons, NC in the fall.
Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge
After the passing of his father Cullen Galyean in 2010 Mickey felt a strong desire to keep the music of his father alive. Cullen left a legacy of music legendary in these parts. A long list of traditional mountain bluegrass songs that have been recorded by several notable bluegrass artist over the years. So with this rich bluegrass heritage Mickey put together his band, "Cullen's Bridge," choosing personnel that understand and appreciate this traditional style of bluegrass music. Not only doing material that Cullen wrote, original music written by the band, Monroe and Stanley classics, you can hear them do classic Country Gentleman songs as well. Make no mistake, this is no frills in your face traditional bluegrass. The goal is to honor the music and the people who brought it to us.
Mark Templeton Band
Mark Templeton grew up in a musical family where he learned to pick and sing the "Blue Ridge Mountain" way. Throughout a career spanning more than 35 years and over 20 albums later, Mark continues to entertain crowds in the traditional Mountain bluegrass way. Mark's program includes a variety of musical styles, celebrating the finest Appalachian roots music. He is an exciting entertainer and thrills the audience with his incredible vocals & musicianship. Mark has recorded for Sonshine Records, QCA, ACA Records and is currently recording under the Homeland Records brand.
Wood Family Tradition
Wood Family Tradition brings over 80 years of combined experience in the Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel Genre, and welcome their newest band member, Brian Aldridge! Family values, legacy, faith, and humor are just a few things that Wood Family Tradition bring to the stage! Music, however, is nothing new to this family. Stemming from the legacy of hard driving, traditional, and original bluegrass music that the legendary banjoist/singer/songwriter AL Wood began in the 60’s, Mike, Bobby, Jason, and Brian were raised on a strict diet of bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music.
Members of Wood Family Tradition are Mike Wood on guitar and vocals, Bobby Wood on bass and vocals, Jason Wood (formerly of The James King Band and Audie Blaylock & Redline) on mandolin and vocals, Mackenzie Wood on vocals, and Brian Aldridge (formerly of Sideline) on banjo and vocals. Mike and Bobby traveled with their dad’s band for over 35 years and were included on three albums. They also performed at most eastern NC, southern Virginia, and Tennessee bluegrass festivals including the 1982 World’s Fair, Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom Festival and appearances at Fan Fair in Nashville, TN! Mike and Bobby have been busy in the studio recording tracks for their good friend, Ray Edwards. Together with Ray they just released with Pinecastle Records, “A Golden Anniversary Celebration” with other featured artists, Junior Sisk, Danny Paisley, Alan Bibey, Bradley Walker and many more!