Voices From The Community Sept 21st: Banjo Player, Brad Bailey

I bet you’re scratching your head in wonderment as to why I would have a banjo player, correction, an 8-String-Banjo player in-studio during my jazz and international music show Voices From The Community.

Have you ever been to New Orleans? More specifically, Preservation Hall?

Photo of Brad BaileyIt is well known to be common for banjo players to start out playing other instruments like guitar and even bass, and Brad Bailey falls into that category of jazz musicians. And get this, Brad was a finalist this year in Lee Ritenour’s international guitar competition, and has performed with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Ringling Bros Circus, and Korean pop-star Kim Jaejoong.

So let’s get back to this banjo player who will be in the Charlotte Community Radio station studio on Wednesday, September 21st.

Brad Bailey plays an 8-string-banjo and bass at the same time on one instrument—blending elements of Bluegrass, Funk, and Jazz. He put out a debut album called 8anjo in 2014, and he currently leads workshops to help musicians make musical and personal breakthroughs by applying Yoga, Qigong, Acupressure and more to their practicing and performing.

You know that I don’t place my show into a box, and I love exploring the boundaries of music making so be sure to listen to the show starting at 2pm and stick around for my interview with this Charlotte-based, banjo playing, jazz musician.

Voices From The Community AvatarVoices From The Community, hosted by Bridget B., airs Monday through Friday from 2pm to 5pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org or CLTCRadio.org. Feel free to ask a question of our hosts and/or guests while you listen via Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio.

Bridget B. ~ Voices From The Community

Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Sept 9th: The Jonathan Byrd Duo

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The Charlotte Folk Society’s (CFS) Monthly Gathering is Friday, September 9th, and the Jonathan Byrd Duo is set to perform at 7:30pm.

Jonathan Byrd is a seventh generation North Carolinian, a Baptist preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran, and a Kerrville New Folk award winner. A Jonathan Byrd show brings together the Texas songwriting tradition, Southern storytelling, and hot guitar picking. A stalwart of modern folk music, Byrd has released six solo albums with a surprising variety of musical directions, as well as recording collaborations with American world music band Dromedary, and fellow songwriters Diana Jones and Chris Kokesh.

Byrd played guitar throughout his four years on a Naval tank landing ship touring the Mediterranean. A civilian again, he played in a Virginia Beach heavy rock band. Returning home to Carrboro, he connected with people playing acoustic music. Friends told Byrd about an old-time fiddler’s convention in Buena Vista, Virginia. He went and hung out with them, and recalls, “It changed my life and it changed my music… Whatever these people had a hold of, I wanted some of it. It shot straight down into my veins like lightning and made my hair stand up on end. The music was intense, lyrically cut down to the bone…” Byrd started going to Clifftop and Mt. Airy and joining in local old-time jams. He added Celtic music and the DADGAD guitar tuning to his repertoire. Before long, he tried his hand at writing songs and started touring full-time in 2000. At the 2003 Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, Jonathan Byrd won the New Folk competition and was hired as a performer for the next eight years.

Joining Jonathan Byrd on stage is Johnny Waken, aka “Showtime,” who has performed with him since 2010. An entertainer and multi-instrumentalist, Waken is mostly known for squeezing magical tones from his ’70 Stratocaster and drawing ethereal melodies from his 36″ crosscut saw.“He’s got more rock ‘n ‘roll in his mustache than most major cities. He’s made out of wood shavings, bear grease, and Russian vacuum tubes.”Jonathan Byrd

Originally from Pittsburgh, Waken began his career in the late eighties playing blues clubs along the East Coast. In 1991 he engineered and co-produced Norman Nardini’s original blues rock record, This Old Train. This led to a tour of Germany opening for The Blues Brothers in 3,000 seat halls with the likes of Steve Cropper, “Duck” Dunn, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, and Eddie Floyd.CFS website

Charlotte Folk Society ImagePlease join us at the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, on the edge of Uptown Charlotte. The music gets underway in the beautiful listening room at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Free parking is available in the 4th Street Mecklenburg County parking deck, between Kings Drive and McDowell Street. Enter from the Stella Center parking lot or from 4th Street. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground floor door on the parking lot side of the building. A CFS volunteer is available to assist guests who are dropped off by their drivers.

All CFS Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated and this concert is presented in partnership with Charlotte Community Radio.

Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from Arts & Science Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Aug 25th: We’re Hangin’ With Hannah At EagleSpeak Coffee House

Logo for Eaglespeak Coffee HouseWe’re thinking you’ve already read the news about our media partnership with EagleSpeak Coffee House. This establishment is owned and operated by Sarrah Kelly, located near the Historic South End of Charlotte and within easy walking distance to the Scaleybark light rail station. As a media partner, Charlotte Community Radio will assist in promoting the local music and artists that are showcased at the coffee house each month, interview performers during one of our LIVE shows, and we’ll be in attendance at one if not two shows per month.

Photo of Hannah CaseThe first show we attended was the July 27th, Jazz Sip & Chat, hosted by Charlotte vocalist Nicci Canada, and on Thursday, August 25th, we’ll be in-the-house for Hannah Case‘s Open Mic night.

Hannah is a music educator, singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and guitarist who performs in Charlotte, aka the Queen City, and the surrounding areas.

Looks like she hosts these open mics on a regular basis so keep an eye on the EagleSpeak Cofee House Facebook event’s page for all the show updates, and come on out for some great local music.

Here’s a list of upcoming performances to put on your calendar.

Friday, August 26th: Sean Carrouth & Friends at 8pm
Saturday, August 27th: Diana Wade & Friends at 8pm
Wednesday, August 31st: The Speakeasy Jazz CLT w/Leah Palmer-Licht & Greg James at 7pm
Wednesday, September 7th: Blue Tulip Bookie & Blues at 7pm

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Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Aug 12th: The Snyder Family

Photo of The Snyder Family BandThe Charlotte Folk Society’s (CFS) Monthly Gathering is Friday, August 12th, and The Snyder Family is set to perform at 7:30pm.

“Samantha and Zeb Snyder are startlingly gifted siblings whose trio is rounded out with dad, Bud Snyder, who holds down a rock solid upright bass rhythm. Based in the bluegrass tradition, they mix in elements of Southern rock, blues, gospel, Texas swing, and newgrass.

Samantha, now sixteen, is an award-winning fiddler as well as a top-notch singer and songwriter. She was selected as fiddler and lead vocalist for the 2013 Youth All-Star Bluegrass Band that performed at the 2013 IBMA World of Bluegrass Awards Show held in Raleigh, NC. Her songwriting and creativity are a big part of The Snyder Family sound. She occasionally plays guitar and mandolin during a performance, as well. Whether fiddling or singing, Samantha creates a warm and energetic feel on stage that demonstrates her true passion for the music.

After amassing multiple guitar championships as a youth, Zeb, now nineteen, focuses on performing, recording, and writing. He plays mostly with a flat pick but also incorporates various guitar-picking techniques such as fingerstyle, thumb picking, and slide. He is also an accomplished mandolin player. Grammy Award-winning Adam Steffey asked Zeb to play guitar on his solo project New Primitive. Zeb also received nominations for the IBMA Momentum Awards for Instrumentalist in 2013 and 2014.

The Snyder Family has four CDs to its credit. The first three were released through Mountain Roads Recordings: Coming On Strong (2010), Stages (2011), and Building Bridges (2013). Wherever I Wander, the band’s first album on Mountain Home Music Company was released in March 2015 and produced by Tim Surrett (of the multi-award-winning band Balsam Range).” CFS website

Charlotte Folk Society ImagePlease join us at the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, on the edge of Uptown Charlotte. The music gets underway in the beautiful listening room at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Free parking is available in the 4th Street Mecklenburg County parking deck, between Kings Drive and McDowell Street. Enter from the Stella Center parking lot or from 4th Street. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground floor door on the parking lot side of the building. A CFS volunteer is available to assist guests who are dropped off by their drivers.

All CFS Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated and this concert is presented in partnership with Charlotte Community Radio.

Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from Arts & Science Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.