Summer Concerts at Cowee SChool
Saturday, July 21st, 7pm
Making their home in Brevard NC, Carolina Blue may be considered ‘new to the scene’, but they are certainly taking it by storm. Their 2017 release “Sounds of Kentucky Grass” spent some time at #1 on the roots music chart, and has held strong with Bonnie Goodbye on the Bluegrass Today Chart. Delighted to be booking with Wilson Pickens Promotions and a part of the Poor Mountain Records Recording Artist roster, Carolina Blue is a 2018 SPBGMA Vocal Group of the Year nominee.
Carolina Blue is a band whose roots run deep in the tradition of Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs. The band was formed in 2007 after the release of the album "Nothing So Blue" by Bobby Powell and Tim Jones. Carolina Blue won the South Carolina state bluegrass championship at RenoFest in 2011. The band's repertoire consists of original songs (including Tim Jones' "Spring Will Bring Flowers", which was recorded by 2014 IBMA entertainers of the year Balsam Range), many bluegrass favorites, and gospel too, all done in the traditional style.
Available recordings are Bobby Powell & Tim Jones "Nothing So Blue" (2007 produced by Steep Canyon Ranger Woody Platt and featuring Platt, Graham Sharp, Mike Guggino, Shannon Whitworth, and Roy Chapman), "Carolina Blue Live at Renofest" (2011), self-produced "Goin' Home Today" (2016) which earned them their first song on the charts, and most recently released "Sounds of Kentucky Grass" (2017).
Band members are Bobby Powell on guitar and vocals, Tim Jones on mandolin and vocals, Reese Combs on upright bass and vocals, James McDowell on banjo and vocals, and Aynsley Porchak on fiddle. We should note that Aynsley is the only person to have ever won the Canadian and the American grand master fiddle championship.