To honor the memory of Lloyd Johnson and his appreciation of music from Western North Carolina, especially Bluegrass, Country, and Classic Country, a memorial scholarship fund is being established to help local artists who wish to further their education. A formal organization (501-C-3) will be established soon for this purpose. In the meantime we are asking for donations to seed the scholarship via the Go Fund Me site. Any donation amount will be accepted and documation of your contribution, which may be tax deductible, will be provided. Thank you for helping keep Lloyd’s legacy and love of music viable for future generations.
A longtime ambassador of the Americana genre, Jim received the WagonMaster Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by George Strait, on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, as part of the 15th annual Americana Honors & Awards.
“I know him mostly as a songwriter; a really, really, really good hit songwriter, and I’ve been very fortunate to cut a lot of his songs over the years,” Strait said in his speech. “Like Porter Wagoner, Jim Lauderdale is a consummate entertainer, a sharp dressed man as well, a terrific songwriter and a great singer.”
Si Kahn is a bluegrass, folk and roots music legend, once described as “a rumor in his own time.” At almost 74 years old, he is at the peak of his powers as performer, songwriter and recording artist. His songs of family, community, love, work, peace and freedom have been recorded and performed by hundreds of artists in Europe and North America. He’s proud to have been inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, joining such legendary musicians as Doc Watson, Etta Baker, Ralph and Carter Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Jens Kruger, Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt.
Ironically, Si has never even attempted to earn a living as a musician. He’s currently in his 52nd year as a civil rights, union and community organizer. He’s currently the Lead Organizer for Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay, working to help stop the proposed Pebble Mine and to protect permanently the people, jobs, communities, Native languages, cultures, traditions, and wild sockeye salmon of Alaska’s Bristol Bay, one of the great remaining wild places in the world
Sarah Burton’s playful soul has found its home in music through three diverse albums, and countless ups and downs while traversing the globe. She’s seen her way through acoustic folk beginnings, into country swing and steel guitars, then electrifying blues-rock. On her new album Make Your Own Bed, Sarah doesn’t just embrace indie-pop into her musical inventory, but returns to her frst inspiration; the piano. www.sarahburton.ca
Mark Bumgarner a son of the South, but Mark’s musical influences span the American landscape, from the traditional sounds of the Appalachian Mountains, to the West Coast country and folk rock of the 60’s & 70’s. His musical style is a blend of roots country, bluegrass and rockin’ hillbilly blues that is true Southern Americana. www.markbumgarnermusic.com
Born in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, springing to life with all the zest and zeal you’d expect from a 1940s-style Tennessee bluegrass band, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys have rambled far from home, touring throughout the United States and Europe.
Yet, these four friends – C.J. Lewandowski (Vocals, Mandolin), Jereme Brown (Vocals, Banjo), Josh ‘Jug’ Rinkel (Vocals, Guitar) and Jasper Lorentzen (Bass) – remain close to their musical roots by cranking out some of the tightest and hardest-driving traditional bluegrass you’ll find anywhere.