The Harris Brothers, Reggie and Ryan, are best known in their home area of Lenoir, NC as well as Asheville, as a fine vocal duo playing blues, country, rock, jazz, and bluegrass. Their versatility has made the extremely popular in the region, and they deserve a wider audience.
Each year, during the last full weekend in April, music fans of almost all stripes come to Wilkesboro for this musical feast of "traditional - plus." That means that almost any kind of acoustic or plugged in music with some kind of connection to traditional roots music can be found here. If you're looking for bluegrass, you'll find it here, and you'll find just about anything else that's grown out of America's musical heritage, too. During the eight years we've attended, we've been stimulated, wowed, and, sometimes, turned off, but usually entertained and sometimes challenged.
The Gibson Brothers found instant success after twenty years on the road and five CD's which had climbed to number one in the bluegrass charts. This year people who had never heard them before were captivated by their singing, songwriting, and stage magic. It was, indeed, a magical year for them.
Eric & Leigh Gibson
A pioneer of his instrument, the Dobro, as well as in acoustic music, Tut played on John Hartford's genre busting Steam Powered Aereo Plane recording. Still active at age 87 with a new CD produced by Jerry Douglas and contributed to by many current major Dobro players, Tut is a true giant in acourstic music.
Barbara White Old
Our spring season ended in Conway as we headed north for the New England season. More to come next week.