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Full review posted in Raleigh Music


From Pine Cone

The International Bluegrass Music Association announced its plans today to move its World of Bluegrass events to Raleigh, North Carolina for the next three years, 2013-2015. World of Bluegrass Week includes the four-day IBMA Business Conference, the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, and the three-day Bluegrass Fan Fest. The annual industry summit/bluegrass family reunion draws over 16,000 fans, artists, and music industry professionals from around the world for the week-long event, with an estimated 8,000-10,000 coming from outside the region. World of Bluegrass provides opportunities for showcasing, professional development, and networking at the largest concentrated week of powerful, live bluegrass music on the planet.
The following World of Bluegrass dates have been announced, with the option for a five- or seven-day event each year:

September 23 – 29, 2013
September 29 – October 5, 2014
September 28 – October 4, 2015



Published in Raleigh by Hunter Elliott

True to their name Old Habits remains a persistent local favorite. They showed up at The Pour House  in force and did not disappoint. These guys have been picking together since 2003 and their sound has evolved over the years. If you don’t know Old Habits, you really need to get out more, they are Chad Johnson – Acoustic Guitar and Vocals, Craig Thompson – Upright Bass, Harmonica, and Vocals; Lin Peterson – Banjo, Dobro, Telecaster and Vocals. I have seen them play in various venues in and around Raleigh and the one thing you can count on at an Old Habits show, it is going to be packed full of fans. This show was no exception, and with the variety of original songs,  classic covers, and all members being able to take the lead made for a potent show. Although all of the members are respected musicians in their own right, when you commingle their talent the music surges.

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Acoustic Syndicate brings a bit of  Bluegrass on stage at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh. The members are  Steve McMurry – Guitar, Vocals, Bryon McMurry – Banjo, Vocals, Fitz McMurry – Drums, Vocals, and Jay Sanders – Bass. I will admit my friend Jason at The Aviator Brewing Company turned me on to Acoustic Syndicate a little while back and I had kept an eye out for their next live show. When I heard tell of the Lincoln Theater show I made up my mind I was not going to miss that, in retrospect I am glad I made the trip. In my mind Acoustic Syndicate is Bluegrass mixed with a bit of Soul and a touch of Funk. That, my friends is an interesting combination that works well for this group of musicians. The Lincoln had packed in the fans but with just enough room for the ambitious to get their dance on. Truthfully I believe we all had a great time seeing Acoustic Syndicate and I look forward to their next show.

Acoustic Manner makes a showing at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh and does us proud. The band is made up of: Shawn Chase – Mandolin, Vocals Walter Hensey- Bass Guitar David Kleiss – Guitar, Vocals Hank Smith – Banjo, Vocals Lindsey Tims – Fiddle, Vocals. They opened the Lincoln to a pretty good crowd on Friday November 26th with their acoustic Bluegrass, Americana sound. The set list included The Ride, Airplane, Someday, Midnight Blues, NC Sunrise, Meet me in the Morning, Heard the Sound, Nervous Breakdown, I ain’t Broke, Little Man, and Free Born.  I have been a fan of Acoustic Manner for a while now and with the addition of Lindsey Tims on fiddle they have expanded on what was already a great down home sound. As always Hank Smith was murder on the banjo strings. Shaun Chase sang lead on several songs along with his mandolin playing and blew me away with I ain’t Broke. Walter Hensley was playing an electric stand up bass and did a fine job. What can I say about front man David Kliess, he as always was right on time. Each of these individuals are extremely talented musicians and put together Acoustic Manner is more than a sum of its parts.  Awesome work my friends.

Pine Cone brought one of our very own musicians Arthel “Doc” Watson to Raleigh. Doc Watson hails from Deep Gap NC and has been playing Bluegrass and Folk music for better than 50 years. Along with Doc was David Holt and Doc’s grandson Richard Watson. The men took stage at The Meymandi Concert Hall on a chilly Saturday night to bring us Hills of Home and really added a degree of warmth to the hall. David Holt an amazing musician himself alternated through the banjo, guitar, resonating guitar, the bones and some hambone knee slap. Doc as always was awesome and sprinkled in some great jokes and wisdom throughout his music.  This was my first time seeing Doc live and I truly enjoyed the show. Doc and his collaborators took us on a tour through several musical genres from Bluegrass and Americana to Blues and Gospel with even a cover of Workin Man’s Blues by one of country’s greats Merle Haggard.  As always Pine Cone did an outstanding job putting everything together.
















 Press Release:

DATE: Sunday, November 7, 2010.  Performances 1:00-5:30 p.m.

VENUE:  Bond Park Amphitheater, 801 High House Rd., Cary, NC

ADMISSION: Suggested donation of $15 for adults; children 12 and under free

EVENT SPONSORS:  Circle of Friends for Jan and the National Foundation for Transplants.  Promotional assistance provided by PineCone.  Visit for event details.

Raleigh, NC — On Sunday, November 7th, from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., Circle of Friends for Jan and the National Foundation for Transplants will present a benefit concert for acoustic musician Jan Johansson at the Bond Park Amphitheater, 801 High House Rd., Cary, NC.  Entertainment will include Samantha Casey & the Bluegrass Jam; Nixon, Blevins & Gage; The Hotwires; Apple Chill Cloggers, with Tims Family Band; Fescue 911; and a grand finale with Jan and Friends, including Carolina Junction; Julie Elkins; Lindsey Tims; Ray East, and David Tate.

Jan (pronounced “Yahn”) Johansson is well-known throughout North Carolina as an accomplished acoustic musician, producer, and music instructor.  For years, Jan has suffered from heart problems, beginning with a heart attack at the young age of 36. In 1999, he underwent triple bypass surgery, and in 2005 he had a pacemaker implanted. On Christmas Eve 2009, Jan was admitted to the hospital because of extremely low blood pressure. After extensive evaluation, doctors determined that Jan should remain at UNC Hospital until he could receive a heart transplant. However, after several weeks without a donor match, doctors implanted a heart pump. Jan eventually returned home in March.

Unfortunately, the heart pump is an interim measure and will not resolve Jan’s heart problems.  Jan has recovered from the heart pump operation and is again on the heart transplant waiting list. A heart transplant costs approximately $750,000, and that’s only the beginning. Although Jan’s wife, Theresa, has family health coverage through her employer, the family will face significant expenses related to Jan’s transplant.


All proceeds from the benefit concert on November 7 will go to help Jan’s family  defray medical expenses and lost income.  All performers and event organizers are donating their time and talents in an effort to raise money and show our support and appreciation for all that Jan and Theresa have done for us.  For admission to the concert, the suggested donation is $15 for adults.  Children 12 and under free.  All donations will go directly to the National Foundation for Transplants to help Jan and Theresa. 

If you are unable to attend the concert, please consider sending a donation to:  


            National Foundation for Transplants

            5350 Poplar Dr., Suite 430

            Memphis, TN 38119           

Please make checks payable to the National Foundation for Transplants and write “For Jan Johansson” on the memo line.  You can also visit their Web site at for information and updates about Jan and to make a donation online.  National Foundation for Transplants is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation is tax deductible. 


ABOUT JAN  Jan Johansson was born in Skelleftea, Sweden in 1958 and began playing acoustic music at the age of 14.  By the time he was 18, Jan had mastered the guitar, fiddle, and mandolin.  Jan married Theresa Blue of Carthage, NC and moved to the US in 1989 after three years of traveling back and forth between the two countries and began working as a music instructor. Upon arriving in NC, Jan founded Johansson’s Acoustic Music Studio (JAMS) to provide music instruction for people of all age groups interested in bluegrass and other forms of acoustic music. Focused on one-on-one personal instruction, JAMS has taught hundreds of acoustic musicians in and around North Carolina in guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and bass.

Since moving to North Carolina, Jan has played in a number of accomplished bands, including the Pisgah Pickers, the Backsliders, and New Vintage.  While performing with New Vintage (1992-1997), the band charted several songs on Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top 20 list, and won the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) in 1993, and was nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 1994.  Jan has also performed as a studio musician in the US as well as Europe on numerous CD projects, commercial jingles on a variety of instruments. Lorraine Jordan’s popular Mandolin Rose CD project, as well as The Wells Family album On Destiny’s Road are two recent recording projects that Jan has been a part of.

The Bond Park Amphitheater is located at 801 High House Rd. in Cary.  For additional information and directions, go to:

For more concert information, visit the PineCone web site at          


For information on the other musicians performing, go to:

Apple Chill Cloggers –

Samantha Casey & Bluegrass Jam –                   

The Hotwires –

Nixon, Blevins & Gage –

Tims Family Band – 

Carolina Junction –

Lindsey Tims –                                      
Julie Elkins –       

EVENT DETAILS: Contact Lennie Green (919) 772-3319,

or Carla Osborne (919) 917-3370,


If your time is limited and you do not have time to read a complete review I can sum it up nicely for you….WOW! what a festival. For those of us with a little more time or a longer attention span I will elaborate. To set the mood here is Saturday’s line up: Joe Mullens and The Radio Ramblers, Al Batten and The Bluegrass Reunion, The Boxcars, James King Band, and Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys. Talk about enough talent crossing one stage that would make The Madison Square Garden jealous and then add Buddy Michaels as MC and Madison Gibson running sound and we have the makings for one for real Bluegrass festival. To be sure there wera a lot of folks in attendance and I will speculate on the presence of adult beverages  but there was no trouble and exactly the opposite as hospitality, generosity, good will, and food were in abundance and shared by all. I even saw Beaux Foy with Airiel Down in attendance. The Shriners provided a tent area and cooked up some vittles for those who were looking for someone else to do the work but there was plenty of home cooking going on at the camp sites. The music was truly awesome, the hospitality was first class, and the whole experience was something like I have never seen before. I cannot wait for the next festival. Because of the abundance of images I will add them in as a gallery, please go through them and give me your opinions. Thanks in advance.

Ignition from The Hotwires is reviewed here