Photos by Jen Lepkowski.
Types of Artistry
Buncombe County duo the Twilite Broadcasters have been playing early country string band music together since 2008, recording and touring throughout the region. They play a mixture of early bluegrass and country duets, and old-time Appalachian music. They draw particular inspiration from the Louvin, Monroe, and Delmore Brothers, as well as the duet singing of Buck Owens and Don Rich.
Guitarist Mark Jackson lives in Asheville, and grew up in Southwest Virginia. Though he often visited the Carter Fold as a boy and heard a great deal of old-time and bluegrass music, he had an early career as a touring rock and roll and Americana musician, before immersing himself in traditional Appalachian music. He worked for Appalshop in East Kentucky, promoting traditional musicians, before moving to Asheville.
Adam Tanner, like Jackson, spent years playing rock and roll music. Tanner was a member of Grotus, which toured internationally and recorded on the London/Polygram label. Returning to an early interest in Appalachian music, Tanner went on to play with the progressive string band the Crooked Jades. He moved to Western North Carolina in 2000 and settled in Weaverville. Since living in North Carolina he has had the opportunity to study directly with some of the region's master fiddlers, including Kentuckian Clyde Davenport, Tennesseean Charlie Acuff, and North Carolinian Joe Thompson.
The Twilite Broadcasters' debut album, Evening Shade, is named for the Arthur Smith fiddle tune. Their most recent recording is titled The Trail of Time. They tour throughout Western North Carolina and beyond.
The Twilite Broadcasters are available to play for concerts, festivals, and other events.