Stringband Music in the North Carolina Piedmont: 1976-1998

PineCone's first-ever CD release highlights some of the very best old-time, regional Piedmont stringband music. Going Down to Raleigh: Stringband Music in the North Carolina Piedmont, 1976-1998 was released in December 2009. The two-disc anthology is a collection of field recordings that highlight the distinctive music traditions of the Piedmont region, including fiddlers, banjo players and other instrumentalists and singers who learned their music from family and friends.

Listen to preview recordings from Going Down to Raleigh

The anthology includes 48 tracks, historical liner notes, biographies and photos of the musicians.  The CD was produced by Wayne Martin and sponsored by PineCone with funding support from North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts
Odell and Joe Thompson

Musicians featured in this collection are: Virgil Craven, Lauchlin Shaw, A.C. Overton, Leonard Eubanks, Marvin Gaster, Beth Hartness, Rich Hartness, Jack Jones, Smith McInnis, Robert Mitchener, Fred Olson, Gerry Overton, Evelyn Shaw, Joe Thompson, Odell Thompson, Wade Yates, Glen Glass and Wayne Martin. These artists were recorded in the field by Bob Carlin, Barry Poss, and Wayne Martin.

Photo: Odell and Joe Thompson, 1991 NC Heritage Award recipients. Courtesy of Wayne Martin and the North Carolina Arts Council

Martin, one of PineCone's original founders who is now the Senior Program Director for Community Arts Development at the NC Arts Council, said, "Discovering these musicians in the Piedmont who were under the radar screen prompted us to create PineCone so that more of our citizens would start to know our heritage." Martin grew up in North Carolina but was unfamiliar with the Piedmont's musical heritage in middle and high school. In the early 1970s he became acquainted with some of the musicians he later documented. "It was fiddlers and banjo players from this area who provided the inspiration for me to make recordings and later to help create PineCone."

Artists who performed at a special pre-release performance on October 11 were Marvin Gaster (banjo; 2000 NC Heritage Award Winner), Evelyn Shaw (fiddle), Gerry Overton (guitar) and Glenda Overton (guitar & piano), Rich Hartness (guitar), Margaret Martin (guitar) and Wayne Martin (fiddle).


WUNC 91.5 FM North Carolina Public Radio story about Going Down to Raleigh - The State of Things with Frank Stasio

News & Observer story about Going Down to Raleigh - by David Menconi

Independent Weekly story about Going Down to Raleigh - by Spencer Griffith

Durham Herald-Sun story about Going Down to Raleigh - by Chris Bellamy