The Piedmont Melody Makers

The Piedmont Melody Makers

Mar 6, 2015 |  0 comments
Date: Mar 6, 2015 Time: 8:00 PM Price: $15 in advance/ $18 day of show Type: Old Time/Bluegrass/Folk

“Genuine handmade, locally sourced, organic American music” is what veterans Chris Brashear, Cliff Hale, Jim Watson and Alice Gerrard will produce as the Piedmont Melody Makers.

Many of you have enjoyed Chris Brashear’s music with Peter McLaughlin for 20 years and our friends Robin & Linda Williams for the past six years and two CDs. Brashear possesses an engaging voice and awesome playing skills, as can be heard on his solo CD, Heart of the Country, which hit the top of the Folk-DJ charts. Chris Brashear is an exceptional and colorful multi-instrumentalist, a charismatic singer with a high, clear voice, and a songwriter who portrays contemporary life with old-time flavor.

Alice Gerrard also hit #1 on those charts this past fall with Bittersweet, and has been nominated for a Grammy for her album, Follow the Music ( http://www.indyweek.com/music/archives/2014/12/05/alice-gerrards-follow-the-music-among-2015-grammy-nominees )  ! The long time Durham resident, half of Hazel and Alice, continues to grow as a songwriter while remaining a commanding singer and musician. “Alice has a haunting and distinctive voice and she can do anything— holler, shout, belt it out, swing a little, croon a little, and then flat-out break your heart.” –  Lee Smith

Jim Watson has delighted music lovers far and wide with the Red Clay Ramblers, Robin & Linda, and others. “Triangle audiences enjoyed Jim Watson’s soaring high tenor when he performed as a founding member of Red Clay Ramblers, bassist with Robin and Linda Williams’ Fine Group, and in numerous combinations of bluegrass and old-time music bands. From time to time, Watson takes center stage in a solo recording, and the results are always among high points in the Triangle’s traditional music scene… For fans of traditional music, Chapel Hill without Jim Watson is as unthinkable as Tar Heel basketball without Dean Smith.”

Chris Hale is a monster on the mandolin.

This is a special program by a quartet of musical friends.

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