Close Kin Group to Perform in WAMU's Black Box Studio on 7/14


On July 14 at 10 am ET, Rosemarie Nielsen and Katy Daley will co-host a live in-studio session with the musicians who contributed to the album Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep.

This unique project features talented, young performers from the Appalachian regions of Virginia and North Carolina performing bluegrass, old-time and other traditional American styles of music.



Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep the sequel to the popular and award winning Close Kin: A Reunion of Bluegrass & Old Time Music project was produced by award winning songwriter/singer Johnny Williams, and features superb arrangements and vocal and instrumental combinations of 12 carefully selected familiar and not-so-familiar songs performed by the very best young entertainers from the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Highlands regions. They include:

Madison Shepherd, West Jefferson, NC - clawhammer banjo
Jared Boyd, Laurel Fork, VA - clawhammer banjo, guitar, vocals
Levi Funk, Fries, VA - old-time fiddle, vocals
Kitty Amaral, Elk Creek, VA - old-time fiddle
Lindsey Nale, Galax, VA - vocals
Daniel Greeson, Jamestown, NC - bluegrass fiddle, guitar
David Chrisley, Wytheville, VA - bass
Cathrine Conner, Stuart, VA - mandolin, guitar, vocals
Jonah Horton, Wilkesboro, NC - mandolin, guitar
Clay Russell, Troutdale, VA - bluegrass banjo
Austin Greer, Marion, VA - bluegrass banjo

Recording and video production began on October 19th, 2013 and the project was released on Friday April 11, 2014. The group;s first live performance was before a sold-out crowd at the Lincoln Theater in Marion, Virginia for a taping of the PBS television show, Song of the Mountains.


Karl Cooler of Mountain Roads Recordings says, “As soon as the original Close Kin project was completed, I knew that we had created something very special. Johnny Williams and I immediately started planning this album. Most all of the artists from the original recording are teachers and we looked first to their students. As with the artists from the Close Kin project, where better to showcase the youth artists who will carry the sounds of our region forward? We quickly found all of the talent needed for the perfect combination to create this recording. Following in the model of the original project, it was especially important to us to pick songs that were both familiar and not overly recorded then team up the artists into combinations that are unlike anything out there today”. We are so honored to be invited to play before the fantastic radio personalities at WAMU.

Johnny Williams adds, ”This follow-up youth project to Close Kin is something Karl and I wanted to do for some time. The performers recruited to play are representative of the great musical talent from Southwest Virginia and North Carolina, regardless of their young ages. These players have collectively played this region’s music for most of their lives at a very high level of musicianship.

Katy Daley adds:

You can listen online at:

In the Washington, DC area on 105.5FM
In Frederick and Hagerstown, MD  on 93.5FM

WAMU is also available on the iPhone app.

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