Kody Norris is young, confident, and bluegrass proud. He’s been fronting his own band now for over nine years, but he’s been playing bluegrass music for much longer. Kody grew up in Mountain City, Tennessee. According to Norris, playing bluegrass in the traditional style is the only way he knows how to play it – or wants to play it. Saturday February 15th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of traditional bluegrass music by Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free.
His bright colored suits are reminiscent of Jimmy Martin, and his sound carries you back to the early days of bluegrass. Although he respects and appreciates other music styles, his first love is bluegrass. Despite his young age, Norris’s stage presence and musical ability place him in the ranks of seasoned, veteran performers. Kody has played with various bands and also performed with his idol, Dr. Ralph Stanley.
Serious and focused on their music, the Watauga Mountain Boys exemplify the pride they have in their musical heritage. Always performing in suits and hats, they are reminiscent of Flatt and Scruggs and the Clinch Mountain Boys. They have performed at the Wisconsin State Fair, the Pickin’ Porch, Bean Blossom, the High Country Jam, on RFD TV with the Cumberland Highlanders Show, and at many festivals across the U.S. In fact, they’ve played in nearly every state. They’ve performed at the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center, and their work has been featured in the New York Times. Often playing old tunes that are nearly forgotten, they try to keep their music as original as possible. For more information, check out Kody & the Watauga Mountain Boys on Facebook.
If you like hard-driving, old-style bluegrass, don’t miss Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys at the Carter Fold. Bring along your friends, and don’t forget your dancing shoes. Dance away your cares while enjoying some of the finest traditional music the region has to offer.
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. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – Twitter @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.