Close Kin, Our Roots Run Deep Featured Artist - Daniel Greeson
Daniel Greeson has been playing bluegrass fiddle since he was very young. Daniel at age 16 has already been noted as an accomplished musician. He has won many prestigious competitions. In 2010 he won the Youth Bluegrass Fiddle Divisions at three different competitions including the Galax and Mt. Airy Fiddler’s Conventions. He also won 1st place in the Adult Fiddle category at Happy Valley Fiddler’s Convention. The following year, in 2011, he won the Adult Bluegrass Fiddle category at several competitions, two of which were Mt. Airy and Ashe County Fiddler’s Conventions in North Carolina. He also earned the 2011 Champion Youth Bluegrass Fiddler title at the Fiddler’s Grove Competition. Daniel has placed in the top 5 of the Traditional Category at IBMA’s Grand Master Fiddler Championship in 2011 and 2012. He has placed 1st in Adult Fiddle Categories at Seagrove and won the 2012 Fiddler’s Grove Twin Fiddle Competition with JAM-Junior Appalachian Musicians’ Founder- Helen White. In 2013 he placed in the top 3 at Galax Adult Bluegrass Fiddle and 1st at Ashe Co in Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddle and at Happy Valley Fiddlers Conventions in both adult bluegrass fiddle and mandolin. He has established a name for himself at fiddler’s conventions throughout North Carolina and Virginia, competing in both adult and youth divisions.
Daniel’s resume holds more than just contest wins. He participated in Galax’s JAM program in 2007 and 2008. This entailed weekly trips to Galax to play music with other young people from the region. “It was a great experience to play with others,” he says of the program. This program opened the door for him to play on a song on the CD Christmas Along the Crooked Road. This recording includes artists such as Gerald Anderson, Wayne Henderson, Jimmy Edmonds, Steve Lewis, Josh Scott, Jeff Little, Spencer Strickland, and Helen White. Daniel says “It was an honor to work with all those accomplished musicians.” He currently performs with a youth band out of Virginia called OLDGRASS. In 2010, they won first place in the Youth Band category at Galax. In 2011 he travelled to Oklahoma as part of the 4-H Talent Revenue. He was one of only two youths from North Carolina chosen to attend. Aside from keeping a busy music schedule, Daniel is a Junior - at Southern Guilford’s Medical Technology Academy where he plays golf. During the golf season, Daniel described his schedule as “One day it’s golf, the next day it’s fiddle.” From playing his first fiddle to winning an abundance of fiddler’s conventions, Daniel Greeson is a seasoned musician in the bluegrass world at only 16 years old.
Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep is the upcoming sequel to the popular and award winning Close Kin: A Reunion of Bluegrass & Old Time Music project. Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep features the blending of the bluegrass, old-time and American styles of music in one album. Featured artists range in ages from eleven to seventeen years of age who can hold their own with the very best musicians and vocalists today.
Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep was produced by award winning songwriter/singer Johnny Williams, and highlights 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