Performing February 10 at 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Garrett Newton is an exceptional banjo player. Not only can he play banjo he can talk banjo with the best. He is presently touring with Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road in their “Country Grass” tour featuring his banjo playing.Garrett fronts his own band, the Garrett Newton Band. He has played on stage with national artist such as; Marty Raybon, Kenny Ingram, Ben Greene, Steve Dilling, and James King.He is endorsed by Yates and Mitch banjo and plays the Earl Scruggs style. He has his own banjo project entitled “Young Man, Old Soul” which includes several bluegrass standard instrumentals, and original song written by Garrett. This project is on Pinecastle Records.
Parks Icenhour began playing the guitar and mandolin as a young boy, providing rhythm for his dad who played the banjo. As a teenager he drifted away from blugrass but picked it up again while studying at East Carolina University where he met Tommy Edwards (The Bluegrass Experience) and enjoyed many impromptu picking sessions in their dormitory. In 1971 he met Glen Dyer, father of Allen Dyer, and they have been picking together as the "Brother's 'N Bluegrass" for the last 45 years. He has recorded two albums with Glen and several projects with various recording artists, including background guitar music for a museum of history documentary featuring Andy Griffith as the narrator. His preference in bluegrass is strictly traditional with Doc Watson and Norman Blake as his favorite guitarists. Parks is excited to be a part of the Garrett Newton Band and provides the bass vocals and lead guitar work for the group.
Allen Dyer was born in Tennessee, but he grew up and makes his home in the Garner N.C. area. Allen was introduced to Bluegrass music at an early age by his dad who played in a local band named The Brother’s N Bluegrass. Allen spent a lot of Summers with his dad at Bluegrass Festivals around the area. Allen began playing guitar and singing around the age of 12. He enjoys the more traditional side of Bluegrass today. Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Reno and Smiley and Larry Sparks, are some his favorites. Allen is excited to be playing in a band where all the members share the same musical interest which is to play good solid traditional Bluegrass music. Allen plays guitar and sings lead for Garrett Newton Band.
Affectionately known as the “Lady of Tradition” in the bluegrass community, Lorraine Jordan grew up around bluegrass music on the coast of North Carolina. She now resides in Garner, just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. She has performed bluegrass music for over twenty years and formed Carolina Road in 1998. She continues to be the driving force behind Carolina Road’s popularity and longevity as a consummate performer, songwriter, emcee and show organizer. She has been a finalist in the IBMA Songwriting Showcase and was the 1st runner-up in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest twice.Lorraine received the SPBGMA “Entertainer of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist” in 2015. Lorraine is a co-founder for the formation of the Daughters of Bluegrass, whose Back to the Well album won the IBMA Recorded Event in 2006, and she was part of the Daughter’s latest album, Bluegrass Bouquet also a 2009 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year winner for the song “Proud to be a Daughter.” Lorraine is currently Garrett's agent and plays bass in the Garrett Newton Band. In her spare time she enjoys riding her Honda motorcycle and playing with her two Maltese – JD and Polly. Lorraine is proud to endorse Gibson Mandolins, GHS Strings, Colorado Cases, CT Straps, Peterson Tuners, Blue Chip Picks, and Cedar Creek Cases.
Sarah Hollis is from Greenville, North Carolina and she grew up around a musical family. She started playing fiddle at age 10 and quickly began working with bands around eastern North Carolina. Sarah is currently a student in ECU's school of music studying violin as a music education major. Performing fiddle and vocals, one of her first bands is a bluegrass band called Highway 58. She also has played fiddle with a traditional country band "Without Further Ado", and occasionally works with her father in the "Sandy Ridge Ramblers" bluegrass band. Sarah enjoys traditional bluegrass music and was inspired by fiddle legends such as Kenny Baker and Chubby Wise. Being versatile on the instrument, she also plays in the ECU symphony, several chamber groups, and jazz combos with her colleagues. Sarah is excited to be playing some shows with the Garrett Newton Band. She feels that her traditional style of fiddling will fit the band well.
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