Celebration of NC Songwriting – Alice Gerrard, Tommy Edwards, Jessie Lang, Kirk Ridge
January 31, 2019 · Thursday * 7-9:30pm * NO Cover
Four celebrated songwriters gather for a night of original music and the stories behind the songs.
Alice Gerrard is known for her groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and ’70s when the duo produced four classic LPs. A tireless advocate of traditional music, Alice has won numerous honors, including an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Distinguished Achievement Award, a Virginia Arts Commission Award, the North Carolina Folklore Society’s Tommy Jarrell Award, and an Indy Award. Her 2015 album, Follow the Music was nominated for a 2015 Grammy. In 2017 Alice was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame along with Hazel Dickens. www.alicegerrard.com
Tommy Edwards is lead singer and guitarist for The Bluegrass Experience, one of the Southeast’s most respected traditional music groups. Having performed professionally for over 35 years, Edwards was twice named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist and has recorded or performed live with an array of bluegrass greats. He has recorded multiple albums with The Bluegrass Experience as well as several solo discs and is the host of Life 103.1’s “Bluegrass Saturday Night”. Edwards currently plays solo gigs and with his group Carolina Lightnin’. www.facebook.com/bluegrass.experience
Jessie Lang borrows from the folk, gospel, and bluegrass traditions to create original music all her own. With sister Chloe, she formed the award-winning The Lang Sisters duet and band, performing throughout the southeast. Jessie has been selected as the Tar Heel of the Week by the Raleigh N&O, has appeared on the PBS Song of The Mountains series, and has performed at MerleFest. Jessie’s version of Wayfaring Stranger featured in Carolina Country magazine’s Digital Music selection, September 2018. www.jessielangmusic.com
Kirk Ridge’s songs have been featured on NPR’s Car Talk and Belfast’s Celtic Roots Radio. His lyrics have been published in American Songwriter Magazine and he has written music for Cary Playwrights Forum productions. Kirk is the Durham Arts Council’s performance director for Durham CenterFest and hosts the weekly “Pass The Hat” live music radio show on WHUP. He also produces songwriters’ stages for the NC Songwriters Co-op at Festival for the Eno, Carrboro Music Festival, and other events. www.kirkridgemusic.com