Charlotte Folk Society’s next free concert and gathering, featuring the bluegrass trio Freeman and Williams, will be Friday, May 10th, 2013, at 7:30pm, at Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue. Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Doors open at 7pm. Donations are appreciated and essential to presenting the concert series in the Stella Center. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground-level door. Free parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center. Refreshments, a song circle, and a jam session follow the concert.
Freeman & Williams offer a new, fresh sound from award-winning veteran performers Jeanette Williams, Johnny Williams, and Scott Freeman. This trio brings together an array of talents: all are accomplished musicians, vocalists, and songwriters. Their musical interests include old-time, Western swing, old-time country, and gospel, as well as traditional and contemporary bluegrass. The group’s first recording for Mountain Roads Recordings, a self-titled release, Freeman & Williams, was released in early 2012. The album showcases the group with original creations, some well-known favorites, and some not-so-well-known classics.
Jeanette Williams, vocalist, bass player, and award-winning songwriter, began her singing career in 1989, with a local country band performing at amateur recreations of the Grand Ole Opry. In the years since, she has been twice named SPBGMA** Female Bluegrass Vocalist of the Year in the traditional category (2009 and 2012). All told, she has garnered no fewer than six nominations for that honor. In 2007, she won the bluegrass division of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest. **Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America
Johnny Williams plays guitar, shares vocal and emcee duties, and writes most of the band’s original material. An award-winning singer and songwriter, he has been named Virginia State Champion Male Vocalist. Johnny was the bluegrass division winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in both 1998 and 1999. His songs have been recorded by numerous other artists.
Scott Freeman performs on mandolin, fiddle, and vocals with the band. He plays, arranges, and writes songs. His original material has been recorded by some of the top touring bands in acoustic music. Scott spends much of his time now teaching fiddle and mandolin. He also tours and conducts workshops at folk festivals.