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Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express


Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express, Burnsville, NC

Jonah Riddle, Beverly Ball

member since: 08/24/2013
Festival biz experience: 7+ years
USA: Burnsville, North Carolina (NC)
Phone: (828) 284-2126
Phone: (828) 284-4431
Phone: (828) 284-2126
From the hills of Western North Carolina, two brothers set out to show the world their brand of bluegrass music, as so many brother duets have done before them. Jonah, age 17, and Grayson, age 12, grew up playing gospel bluegrass in their church services. From the very beginning the brothers clung to the roots of the music, something that many young pickers tend to overlook. The love for the music pushed Jonah to start his own band, Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express.

  Jonah takes care of banjo duties in the group, playing a style that is quickly fading away in todays business. You can easily hear the Stanley, Scruggs, and Osborne in his sound, the sounds of the pioneers! Grayson is on guitar and does all the groups lead singing. Grayson's style of guitar playing will take you back to the days of the great Jimmy Martin; strong, steady, rhythm, full of all the runs that helps make bluegrass what it is! The brothers dad, Benjie, holds down upright bass duties for the band.

  Jonah and Grayson have had the privilege of picking on stage with many great artists: Doyle Lawson, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Balsam Range, Ralph Stanley II, Nu Blue, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Crowe, and Kody Norris. They have performed at many concerts and venues across the country, including: The Ryman Auditorium Courtyard, the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, Woodsongs, HoustonFest,  the  Earl  Scruggs  Center,    The Museum of Appalachia, and the Carter Fold. Jonah and Grayson  are  also  members  of  Tomorrow's  Bluegrass Stars and have performed at IBMA Kids on Bluegrass in Raleigh,  North  Carolina. They  have  won  several  awards during the time they have been performing such as Best of   Show   and   individual   awards   for   playing   their instruments as well.   Jonah  is  currently  endorsed  by  Deering  Banjos, they both are endorsed by GHS Strings  and  Peterson  tuners.  Jonah  and  Grayson  give God all of the credit for the wonderful opportunities that He allows them to have.
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