”Saying The Avett Brothers is a folk rock band from Concord, North Carolina is like saying The Beatles were a nice little rock band from Liverpool. In North Carolina we are afflicted, like those in love, with the sweet agony called Avettmania. The Avett Brothers are real blessing, and a North Carolina treasure” ~ The Mast Farm Inn
The Mast Farm Inn is honored to be one of the official sponsors of Knee Deep in Bluegrass. Each of our segments in the show presents and features an outstanding North Carolina bluegrass artist.
”Fame is a strange beast, and very few are famous for their humility… those are the ones that matter most. And Doc Watson is one of those people” ~ Henri Deschamps
Jim Avett of Concord, North Carolina, is the son of a Methodist minister and a classical pianist who grew up in a home full of love and music, a home where he learned the importance of hard work and honest living.
A life-sized bronze statue of music icon Doc Watson, a native of Deep Gap, North Carolina, was installed and unveiled on Friday, June 24th, 2011 in Boone, North Carolina. The statue is the brainchild of John Cooper of The Mast General Store, and a project of the Downtown Boone Development Association. The bronze sculpture is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of King and Depot streets. The statue was created by noted sculptor Alex Hallmark
Musician, Storyteller, Photographer, Cultural Explorer & Trail Guide David Holt is helping America know the place, and in so doing is well on his way to becoming a legend, every bit as profound and valuable to American History & Culture as his unique group of cherished mentors.
Kristen Bearfield is a photographer based in Hickory, North Carolina, and a songwriter and musical artist who sings, plays guitar, mandolin & banjo with The Hurleys, a North Carolina bluegrass gospel group.
Adding richness and flavor to Native Ground Music’s extensive catalog, Wayne Erbsen’s wife, Barbara Swell, has collected old-timey pioneer recipes, kitchen wisdom and sayings, romantic advice, and cooking secrets from rural women who grew up using wood cookstoves in the southern mountains.
The Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South celebrates the tradition and innovation of this renowned banjo player. The Scruggs Center will enlighten, educate and celebrate the people, traditions and values of Cleveland County and honor native son and music legend Earl Scruggs.
Lou Reid & Carolina are based in Union Grove, North Carolina. With a sound based in traditional bluegrass roots, with an emphasis on dynamic vocals, Lou anchors the band with his lead vocals, and is arguably one of the most recognizable voices in bluegrass music today.