Asheville, North Carolina is home to veteran old time banjo player John Hermann. John has been playing Old Time banjo for over thirty years. He has toured Europe several times and recorded with Bruce Molsky, Dirk Powell, Big Hoedown, Critton Hollow, and One-Eyed Dog, to name but a few. John Hermann teaches banjo at some of the best workshops and Old Time festivals.
Beverly Smith is one of the most respected guitar players in Old Time music today. She plays guitar, fiddle, and autoharp and has worked with Bruce Molsky, Laurie Lewis, John Doyle, and Mick Moloney. She tours and records as a duet with Carl Jones. Based out of Pennsylvania, she teaches guitar workshops when not touring.
Meredith McIntosh of Asheville, North Carolina plays fiddle, guitar, bass, flute and piano. She has a degree in music education and is known as a patient and enthusiastic teacher. Over the years she has performed with Ida Red, the Heartbeats, Balfa Toujours, and the New Southern Ramblers.
These four stars of the old time music scene have much in common. They all have become recognised masters of their trade and they each pass their love of the music along as teachers. Over the years their paths have crossed many times. After years of playing together at festival campsites, they finally recorded a CD together in 2003 as the Rockinghams. The CD, "Shout Lulu", is a delight to listen to and a wonderful statement of where Old Time music is today, and where it is headed.
Buy this CD at County Sales.
Another shout out to Walt for sharing his musical finds and keeping me up on the good stuff at the Williamsburg Library.