Ben Hall is about the best friend a guitar could ever have. Not only as an accomplished player but as an aficionado and student of style, especially in the school of the distinctive thumb picking style of legends like Chet Atkins and Merle Travis.
Those of you who’ve been to many of our concerts over the years and listened to this program are no doubt aware of how often we seem to draw from the rich proving ground of roots music being created in Carolina. Past Studio A guests include the Kruger Brothers, the Harris and Moore Brothers, Mipso, River Whyless and the Snyder Family. All with tar on their heels.
This fall 2017 IYE season opener is basically the 2nd set of a singular evening of music that was presented in conjunction with the Virginia Folklife Program, a perennially favorite part of the Richmond Folk Festival each year. Recorded in February of 2017, it’s led by Virginia’s Folklorist Jon Lohman, who gathered a potent group of performers around the venerable Sherman Holmes, the surviving member Christchurch, Virginia’s Holmes Brothers.