Carolina Lightnin’ is Tommy Edwards, Rick Lafleur & sitting in for Alice this week is the talented Jim Watson. Performing a vast repertoire of traditional Bluegrass music, original songs, and also incorporating songs from other genres that have been re-imagined in the Bluegrass style.
Alice possesses a unique female Bluegrass voice; she sings with both power and sensitivity and is amazingly true. An original, she makes no apologies for not sounding like any other female singer in the genre. Her expressive solos are matched only by her spot-on harmony vocals. Her strong bass playing is the foundation of Carolina Lightnin’s sound. Alice has contributed to all five of Tommy Edward…s’ solo projects and is prominently featured on Russell Johnson’s latest album, Anytime, Anyplace, But Only You, which debuted in the spring of 2011 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Charts at #2.
Rick is one of the most impressive and exciting Scruggs style players of his generation. His sense of timing and musical taste has made him an in-demand performer and session player. In addition to Carolina Lightnin’, he is the banjoist with the chart-topping Grass Cats, and has also worked with The Kenny and Amanda Smith Band as well as several regional groups. His songwriting collaboration with Alice has created fine compositions, and his baritone singing rounds out Carolina Lightnin’s trio.
Tommy has been performing professionally for over 40 years, he plays and sings with an enthusiasm that belies his age. Admired by critics and fans alike for his guitar playing skills, he is also an accomplished songwriter and recording artist. Raleigh News & Observer music critic Jack Bernhardt put it concisely when he referred to Edwards as “Mr. Bluegrass” in a recent review. Together, the trio’s talents are forged into a synergistic musical ensemble that has been termed “amazing” (Pinecone Newsletter, 2011).
Carolina Lightnin’ performs a vast repertoire of traditional Bluegrass music, original songs, and also incorporate songs from other genres that have been re-imagined in the Bluegrass style. All three artists are songwriters and have extensive studio recording experience. With a trio of vocalists, they present a variety of vocal combinations and delivers virtuoso instrumental performances.