Across the Blue Ridge #130 - Blue Ridge Music Trails concert

Across the Blue Ridge #130 - Blue Ridge Music Trails concert

4:00pm Jun 15, 2018
Rick Ward, banjo maker, player, and ballad singer, of the Beech Mountain community in western North Carolina. Here he’s holding a traditional mountain banjo he and his father made from parts found in Rick’s grandfather’s shop. Rick is among the performers on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge episode, recorded at the Jones House Community Center in Boone, NC for our Blue Ridge Music Trails series.
Paul Brown

This week we hear from singer, banjo player and luthier Rick Ward; old-time musician and songwriter Trevor McKenzie with Terri McMurray and Paul Brown; The Sheets Family Band, and Strictly Strings, a youthful band that’s emerged through the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program.  JAM is offered in sixteen North Carolina counties as well as in other states.  Our recordings come from a May 19, 2018 concert at Jones House Community Center in Boone, NC.  The event is part of ATBR’s Blue Ridge Music Trails series, spotlighting venues and resources along this North Carolina musical, cultural, education and tourism resource.

Rick Ward is descended from banjo and dulcimer makers, and he continues making the old time mountain banjos well known in western North Carolina.  Continuing the ballad tradition, and passing along songs from his family and his own authorship are also very important to him, and his performance communicates his passion and authenticity.

Trevor McKenzie grew up on a cattle farm near Rural Retreat, Virginia.  Interested in history and looking for opportunities off the farm, he went to college, pursued music, and has become both a performer on multiple instruments and a songwriter.  He is also an archivist at Appalachian State University.

The Sheets Family Band presents a range of old time music with significant influence from the Carter Family and from banjoist, singer and songwriter Ola Belle Reed, who was a relative. Making one’s own entertainment is important to both Randy and Deborah Jean (DJ) Sheets and their daughter, Kelly Sheets Snider.

We hear a tune from Strictly Strings ahead of a more in-depth examination of the JAM program.  Three members of this five-person band put across a powerful fiddle tune that reaches to the past as it also gives us an idea of the future of old-time music.

ATBR’s Blue Ridge Music Trails series is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, and Blue Ridge Music Trails.

Playlist

  1. Rickett's Hornpipe
    Buddy Pendleton &  band
    Larry Richardson & the Blue Ridge Boys
    Old Blue
     
  2. Katie Cline
    Paul Brown, Trevor McKenzie, Terri McMurray
    ATBR field recording
     
  3. Shoals Mills
    Trevor McKenzie
    ATBR field recording
     
  4. World Traveler
    Trevor McKenzie
    ATBR field recording
     
  5. Break 1 - Ward's Bugle Calls
    Trevor McKenzie
    Generational Things
    Trevor McKenzie
     
  6. John Hardy
    Sheets Family Band
    ATBR field recording
     
  7. Tear Down The Fences
    Sheets Family Band
    ATBR field recording
     
  8. Batchin' On The Farm
    Rick Ward
    ATBR field recording
     
  9. Cousin Sally Brown
    Rick Ward
    ATBR field recording
     
  10. Break 2 - Gaither Carlton Medley
    Mac Benford & The Woodshed All-Stars
    Willow
    Rounder
     
  11. Muskrat
    Rick Ward
    ATBR field recording
     
  12. Jubal Hunter
    Rick Ward
    ATBR field recording
     
  13. Georgia Horseshoe
    Strictly Strings
    ATBR field recording
     
  14. Cluck Old Hen
    Frank Proffitt
    Frank Proffitt of Reese, NC
    Folk-Legacy