Close Kin, Our Roots Run Deep is the sequel to the popular and award winning Close Kin: A Reunion of Bluegrass & Old Time Music project. Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep will again feature 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 produced by award winning songwriter/singer Johnny Williams 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, 13, West Jefferson, NC - clawhammer banjo
Jared Boyd, 17, Laurel Fork, VA - clawhammer banjo, guitar, vocals
Levi Funk, 17, Fries, VA - old-time fiddle, vocals
Kitty Amaral, 11, Elk Creek, VA - old-time fiddle
Lindsey Nale, 16, Galax, VA - vocals
Daniel Greeson, 16, Jamestown, NC - bluegrass fiddle, guitar
David Chrisley, 15, Wytheville, VA - bass
Cathrine Conner, 16, Stuart, VA - mandolin, guitar
Jonah Horton, 12, Wilkesboro, NC - mandolin, guitar
Clay Russell, 12, Troutdale, VA - bluegrass banjo
Austin Greer, 17, Marion, VA - bluegrass banjo
The performers recruited for this project 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. Most of them played together for the first time as well as embarking on tunes and styles of music they were not accustomed to. As you will hear they pulled it off with flying colors.
Jonah Horton, Jared Boyd, Kitty Amaral, Levi Funk, Lindsey Nale, Daniel Greeson, David Chrisley, Clay Russell, Austin Greer, Madison Shepherd, Cathrine Conner