Distinctive in his interpretation of traditional music while being deeply rooted in old-time sources from the southern mountain region, Kenny has been a part of one outstanding string band after another. He toured during the mid-80s with with Leftwich, Higginbotham, and Jackson, co-founded The Rhythm Rats in 1988, and Big Medicine in 1999. Kenny is also a sought-after fiddle teacher, working with individual students in person and online, and at traditional music camps across the country. Joe Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant who has played music most of his life.
Best known for his powerful and innovative banjo playing, he is a prizewinning guitarist, fiddler, and singer as well. In addition, Joe’s gift for songwriting shows up in regular contributions to Big Medicine’s repertoire, as well as showing up in the Bluegrass hit parade through covers of his songs by popular performers. Joe also can be found making music with Red Clay Rambler founders Bill Hicks, Mike Craver, and Jim Watson. When not working as a writer and editor, he does solo and studio work, and teaches and performs at festivals at home and abroad. Bobb Head is a Texan transplanted to North Carolina, contributing top-notch guitar and banjo picking, harmony vocals - and he is a bass player whom any string band would covet as a member.
When he's not playing with Big Medicine, you can see him with the Stillhouse Bottom Band; with Dueling Shoes, a percussive dance ensemble; and the Deep Phat Friars, a irreverent southern-fried contra band. He has also performed with a number of pickup bands. Before moving to North Carolina, he played with the Privy Tippers in Tucson and, before that, with the Self-Righteous Brothers in Houston. Read more on Last.fm.
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