This show features music by The Sheets Family Band and Trevor Mckenzie.
The Sheets Family Band plays old time string band music from western North Carolina. The band features Randy Sheets on banjo, Deborah Jean Sheets on guitar and Kelly Sheets Snider on fiddle. Celebrated for their harmony singing and energetic instrumentals, they embody the values of homemade and homegrown music and lifestyle. Their old time mountain style takes inspiration from the music of the Appalachian Mountains and beyond. You'll heard a variety of lively fiddle tunes, gospel songs, ballads, and a few drinking songs too. Members of the band have represented this region at the National Folk Festival, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center and numerous festivals in the Appalachian region. Randy and Deborah Jean have been a part of the old time music scene in the Boone area since they arrived back in the late 70's. Now with a grown daughter who has started her own family, their audiences get the benefit of hearing some incredible mother/daughter duets from two women who have that special harmony singing style that only genetics can produce!
Trevor Mckenzie is a multi-instrumentalist - playing fiddle, guitar and banjo - and sing who is originally from southwest Virginia. The progeny of cattle farmers, he first gravitated to old-time music through an early interest in regional history and a keen desire to avoid doing manual labor. Through only midly successful in the latter ambition, he gathered a respect for the communities, historical events, and stories, which continue to build the canon of traditional music. Encouraged initially by family and church music, his formal musical training began at Jim Lloyd's Barbershop in Rural Retreat, Virginia. In recent years he has continued to learn from and be humbled by skilled musicians from along the Appalachians and around the world. Mckenzie currently lives in Deep Gap, where he performs as a sideman with several regional acts including the Elkville String Band and the Laurel Creek String Band. On weekdays, he puts his historical knowledge and dusting skills to work in the archives of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Appalachian State University