709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Chris Brashear & Jim Watson

June 21, 2018  ·  Thursday * 7pm * NO Cover

One half of the Piedmont Melody Makers!

Jim Watson was a founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers, known for his paint-peeling vocals and instrumental skills on mandolin, guitar, and bass.  After leaving the Ramblers he toured with Robin & Linda Williams as a member of their Fine Group, which also featured Chris Brashear for many years.  He has also played with the Green Level Entertainers, Craver Hicks Watson & Newberry, Duke LaCrosse and Pinky Wyoming, and most recently with the Piedmont Melody Makers, which includes Alice Gerrard, Cliff Hale, and Chris Brashear.  Take a tour of old time, traditional, and bluegrass music with Chris & Jim, one half of the Piedmont Melody Makers.

For more than three decades, Chris Brashear has been a highly sought-after performer and versatile sideman, singing and playing fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass. Since his co-founding in 1988 of the bluegrass band, Kentucky Rose, Chris has earned a reputation as a creative and visceral songwriter. A founding member of a super-group of bluegrass musicians in Perfect Strangers (featuring Jody Stecher, Peter McLaughlin, and former Bluegrass Boys Bob Black and Forrest Rose), he was also the fiddle and mandolin player for seven years with Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group. He has performed for over twenty years with long-time collaborator and champion guitarist Peter McLaughlin. Chris’s most recent album, Heart Of The Country, was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Jim Rooney. Chris also tours with the Piedmont Melody Makers, a group that includes Alice Gerrard, Jim Watson and Cliff Hale. The culmination of a creative writing project through the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music (FFOTM) is the recording The Colton House Sessions: Songs for the Southwest, a 2017 release from Chris Brashear, Peter McLaughlin and Todd Phillips.