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Saturday, September 28 • 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Three Jack Jenny

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Three Jack Jenny is a Raleigh, North Carolina based bluegrass band performing old style country duets and originals mixed with traditional bluegrass music. Karen Smedley is a seasoned performer who combines her country sensibilities with the bluegrass sound she fell in love with years ago. Her voice conveys heartbreak and sadness, but never fragility; her brand of hard-driving bluegrass is reminiscent of the great female country vocalists with arrangements that make it all her own. Jeff Smedley's entrance to bluegrass music came after marrying into a family of bluegrass musicians. Coming from his own family tradition of southern gospel and quartet singing, Jeff brings tight harmonies that are such an asset to any bluegrass band.He started playing guitar in church, and through the influence of his father-in-law, he started playing rhythm guitar and has never looked back. His influences are Lester Flatt, Jimmy Martin, and Tony Rice. Jeff was born and raised in Texas, and he’s a Texan through and through. Austyn Howell is a third generation bluegrass picker. His father David played with the Bluegrass Parlor Band out of Tampa, Florida, during Austyn’s childhood, exposing him to festivals and bluegrass albums from a very early age. He now makes his home in Snow Camp, NC, and he has played with several regional bands including Bridgetown and Drive Time. Tyler Jackson started playing banjo at the age of 12 and has never looked back. From Roxboro, NC, Jackson grew up going to festivals and listening to his heroes, J.D. Crowe and Steve Dilling. Since then, he's been growing by playing with seasoned musicians, most recently in the band Drive Time. Durham, NC, bass player Jef Walter performs regularly with a Who’s Who of North Carolina acoustic musicians, including Hank Smith and the Beer & Banjos All-Stars. An active member of the bluegrass community, Walter also leads The Carolina PineCones youth bluegrass band and PineCone Bluegrass Jams throughout the year. He is also a member of the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass 2018. Stephen Fraleigh hails from Akron, Ohio. He is a two-time bluegrass fiddle winner of one of the oldest music competitions in the country, the Galax Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention. After starting the Suzuki violin method at age six, he heard bluegrass at the age of eight and has fiddled for nearly 40 years, starting with three years with "The Young Blades of Bluegrass" (1979 winner of the Bean Blossom Band contest and a performance on the Grand Ole Opry), 10 years with "Beanpole and the Bluegrass Mountaineers", and a couple of long stints with "The Jeanette Williams Band" in Danville, VA. He has been a session player in the Raleigh area on bluegrass, country, and Americana recordings.

















Saturday September 28, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

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