Charlotte Folk Society’s next free gathering will take place Friday, May 13th, 2016, at 7:30pm, at Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue. The band this month is The Kollard Kings. Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Doors open at 7pm, and it’s strongly suggested that you arrive early. 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 event.
The Kollard Kings perform songs and tunes from the days when the Queen City was the country music capital. Charlotte — country music capital? Yep, back before studios located in Nashville, field-recording teams roamed the South. Charlotte was a favorite stop from the late ’20s into the ’40s. “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe made his first recordings here in 1936. The original Carter Family trio cut their last discs in 1937. Grand Ole Opry stars Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith, Uncle Dave Macon, and the Delmore Brothers came over from Nashville. And homegrown musicians found widespread acclaim, including the Blue Sky Boys, the Dixon Brothers, and J. E. & Wade Mainer.
The Kollard Kings lovingly dip into that songbag, not to re-create scratchy archival sounds, but to bring the music to life for today’s listeners. The band is comprised of four members: Tom Estes, a past president of the Charlotte Folk Society, on banjo; Donnie Murray, song writer and regular performer on the John Boy and Billy radio program, on guitar; West Virginian Michael Plumley on the doghouse bass; and Tom Hanchett, consulting historian to the Levine Museum of the New South, on fiddle.
This concert is presented in partnership with Levine Museum of the New South and Charlotte Community Radio.