The Carolina Road Homecoming Bluegrass Festival will be held March 27 and 28 at the Burlington, NC Ramada Inn. The flier can be found here and there’s information on it concerning reservations at the hotel as well as a nearby campground. Advance tickets for the event are $50 in advance and $60 at the gate. While some people prefer outdoor festivals, the Ramada Inn has a good performance room and a very nice space for vendors and jamming. Last year there was plenty of jamming available and hostess Lorraine Jordan and the folks in Carolina Road provided a welcoming and enjoyable environment. The lineup for this year’s festival will offer a very strong selection of North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia bands. The headliner band, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass have exploded into national prominence this year with the release of their first CD for Rounder Records. Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, one of the most reliable and hard working of national bands, can be counted on for fine performances as well as ready availability for both days of the event. The complete flier for this festival can be found here.
Code Blue is a Virginia based band billing itself as a traditional hard driving band specializing in bluegrass and gospel as well as their own music. They perform mostly in Virginia, and the Homecoming is their only scheduled appearance in North Carolina this year.
Roby Huffman and the Bluegrass Cutups have been around as a name since the 1950’s. Although disbanded a decade ago, Huffman has reconstituted them, and they provide a solid link to the early days of traditional bluegrass music. Steel Magnolia is a mostly “girl” band from North Carolina. Constant Change is a Raleigh-based bluegrass band which presents very reliable and enjoyable bluegrass. They are a young and energetic bluegrass band.