As a member of Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Jeff Brown has performed on many famous stages such as the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits, the Ryman Auditorium, and Song of the Mountains – just to name a few. Jeff also toured with the Charlie Sizemore Band and has done fill in duties with Blue Highway, Rhonda Vincent, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and many more. The Still Lonesome Band is made up of Austin Brown, Noah Brown, Meredith Goins, Josh Blankenship, and Josh Underwood. Saturday, January 25th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.
Jeff began playing at the age of nine. Still in elementary school, Jeff and his brother Tony formed the Richlands Bluegrass Boys. In 1993, Jeff was asked to audition for Larry Sparks as a bass player and tenor singer. Landing the job, Jeff worked with Larry from 1993 to 1996, and again part-time in 2007. He’s featured on Spark’s latest release Almost Home as well as three other projects. While performing with Sparks, he was asked to play bass for Johnny & June Cash at the Fold.
Jeff teaches guitar, acoustic bass, and serves as the Director of the Traditional Music Program at Southwest Virginia Community College. He coordinates and co-chairs both the Virginia Mountain Music Festival and the Mountain Music Jamboree and serves on the Crooked Road’s board of directors.
Austin – Jeff’s son – has been playing guitar and bass since he was three. Noah, Jeff’s nephew, has played with his dad Tony and Uncle Jeff from the age of six. He plays guitar and bass and sings both lead and harmony vocals.
Meredith Goins began playing the violin at age three. She has studied at UTC’s Cadek Consedrvatory, Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, and at ETSU in their bluegrass program. She’s won national championships and is a first-place winner at Galax. In addition to the ETSU Bluegrass Band, she’s done shows with Vassar Clements and many other internationally-known artists. Meredith is also a member of the Chattanooga Youth Symphony Orchestra. Josh Blankenship plays mandolin and does vocals for the group. He’s performed with several bluegrass bands in the past. Josh Underwood handles the banjo playing, and he’s also a good songwriter and vocalist. Having performed with various bluegrass bands, he’s learned from some of the bluegrass greats.
For an evening of some of the best traditional bluegrass our region has to offer, come out and see Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome at the Carter Fold! This show will mark their first performance at the Fold. Bring along your friends and your dancing shoes, and get ready for an evening of fun-filled, family entertainment. Visit their web site - http://jeffbrownandstilllonesome.com/ - for additional information.
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.
Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054.