Piano

Paul Sutphin

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Jeff Little

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Jeff Little

Piano player

Jamestown, NC

"With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian music, and is rarely the lead instrument," according to the National Council for the Traditional Arts, "but Jeff Little is an exception—and a remarkable one. His distinctive style, much influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity."

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John C. Campbell Folk School

John C. Campbell Folk School

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Lloyd Church

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Lloyd Church

Country piano and guitar player

Wilkesboro, NC (Wilkes County)

Lloyd Church grew up in a family known for bluegrass music, but he has been playing his self-taught piano style, singing gospel and country music, and playing a unique guitar style for more than fifty years. Lloyd performs country music with Drake Walsh, Bill Williams, and Clay Wilson at venues in and around Wilkes County.

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Mary Greene

Dulcimer player; shape note singing specialist; ballad and folk song singer

Boone, NC (Watauga County)

Mary Greene has continued to celebrate and present the traditions of her Appalachian community even while she pursued her educational goals at Appalachian State University. She grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone, North Carolina, the daughter of a hard-working farmer and a schoolteacher. Her parents instilled in her the deep love of community and tradition, and the sense of place that informs her programs.

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Roger Hicks

Guitar player, potter

Lenoir, NC (Caldwell County)

Born in Caldwell County, Roger Hicks is a master finger-style guitar picker heavily influenced first by family, by Piedmont style blues players around Lenoir, and by classic country players such as Chet Atkins. When he was about five years old, he started showing interest in a guitar his aunt owned. "I always wanted to play something," Roger says. As a teenager, he bought his first guitar for six dollars, and he went to the African-American section of Lenoir to find other guitar players. "They showed me the feeling of music and kind of set my style," says Roger.

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