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Northeast State wraps up hot nights series with Jeff Little Trio

August 8th, 2014 10:05 am by Staff Reports

Northeast State wraps up hot nights series with Jeff Little Trio

Northeast State Community College will wrap up the Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series with a performance by the Jeff Little Trio on Aug. 14.

Acclaimed by National Public Radio, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, the Trio will take the stage at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater at the main campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

NPR called Little “a remarkable musician, steeped in the tradition of his native Blue Ridge, yet also a virtuosic and eclectic innovator.”

A professional musician since age 14, Little is conversant with traditional old-time country, bluegrass, rockabilly and blues. His involvement with fiddle tunes, old-time country and traditional blues dates to his growing up in Boone, N.C., where his family owned a music shop. The shop became a gathering place for musicians who would stop by to pick a few tunes.

Beginning around age 6, he would regularly sit in with many of the musicians, including Doc Watson, one of America’s most influential musicians. These influences helped shape his approach to the piano, which is based on these deep musical traditions.

Several years ago, Little and his family returned to the Blue Ridge, where he is the director of the new entertainment technology program at Northeast State in Bristol.

The Trio’s performances include NPR, PBS, National Council for the Traditional Arts, American Piano Masters Series, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival and The American Folk Festival. Little has also performed internationally, including at concerts in Sri Lanka, Oman and France.

The Trio includes Steve Lewis, a respected acoustic musician lauded for his flat-picking on guitar and his mastery of the five-string banjo. Lewis earned many championships for his guitar and banjo playing in competitions at Merlefest, the Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention and the Wayne Henderson Guitar Competition. He is also a two-time national champion on the banjo.

Rounding out the Trio is Josh Scott, considered to be one of the most talented upright bass players working today. Scott has been featured on stage and in the studio with many critically acclaimed artists of acoustic and Americana music.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the performance starts at 7. The show is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.northeaststate.edu or call 279-7669.

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