Past Performances From

The "MORE BARN" Concert Series

November 1, 2018: COYOTE with Kate McNally

Marcy Brenner and Lou Castro (COYOTE), together with the talented Kate McNally, have created a smokin’ hot trio on Ocracoke Island.  These masterful musicians and phenomenal performers have spent their lives making music.  With a wide variety of musical styles and instruments, they present an evening of remarkable acoustic-oriented music, from rock and roll roots to pop classics.

Marcy and Lou’s magical musical home, Coyote Music Den, sits on the edge of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake in Community Square where they create, teach and share music.  It was during one of their weekly summer concert series, COYOTE Plus One, that they discovered extraordinary simpatico with Greenville, NC native, Kate.  And now, what began as a spark on a sultry summer evening has raged into a sensational wild fire.

October 12, 2018: An Evening With Slaid Cleaves

Now twenty-five years into his storied career, Cleaves' songwriting has never been more potent than on his most recent album Ghost on the Car Radio. The characters in Slaid Cleaves' songs live in unglamorous reality. They work dead-end jobs, they run out of money, they grow old, they hold on to each other (or not), and they die. With an eye for the beauty in everyday life, he tells their stories, bringing a bit of empathy to their uncaring world.

Ghost on the Car Radio is Cleaves' first release since 2013's Still Fighting the War, which was praised as "one of the year's best albums" by American Songwriter and "carefully crafted...songs about the struggles of the heart in hard times" by the Wall Street Journal. The New York Daily News called his music "a treasure hidden in plain sight," while the Austin Chronicle declared, "there are few contemporaries that compare. He's become a master craftsman on the order of Guy Clark and John Prine."

September 27, 2018: Aaron Burdett Acoustic Trio

Aaron Burdett, along with James Bernabe and Kim France, kicked-off the 2018-19 season of the More Barn Concert Series. 

Aaron's lyrics are soul-touching, intelligent, witty, and poetic all at once, while his music style is a seamless blend of Americana, country, blues, bluegrass, and folk-rock that cohesively creates a story.

Aaron is listed as one of the top 10 most important musicians of western North Carolina by WNC Magazine, alongside such greats as Doc Watson, Steep Canyon Rangers, and The Avett Brothers. He has also received critical acclaim as a songwriter, winning Our State Magazine’s Carolina Songs competition in 2012 with “Going Home to Carolina.” Aaron’s song “Magpie” won third place bluegrass song in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in 2013. Over the years Aaron has been a finalist in numerous other songwriting competitions, including The Mountain Stage Songwriting Contest, The NC Songwriter’s Cooperative Songwriting Contest, and the Hank Williams Songwriting Contest.

May 10, 2018: Radney Foster & Wiley Cash

Acclaimed songwriter, author, and actor Radney Foster and New York Times best selling author Wiley Cash swapped stories and songs. 

Radney Foster has written eight number one hit singles, including his own "Nobody Wins," and "Crazy Over Your" with duo Foster & Lloyd.  His discography contains countless cuts by artists ranging from country (Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to contemporary (Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys). 

Wiley Cash is the New York Times best selling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind Than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy.

April 6, 2018: Wild Ponies

Although they are based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia - where bandmates Doug and Talisha Williams were both born and raised - for inspiration.  There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans. Wild Ponies pays tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017's Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band's history while still pushing forward. 

"We'll always be the pinball that bounces between folk, rock & roll, and country" says Talisha.

 

March 1, 2018: Martin Garrish & Friends

Martin Garrish, a life-long resident of Ocracoke Island, NC, is a master of 'old time' country, rock, bluegrass and folk guitar.  He has been at the heart of the Ocracoke music scene since he was a teenager and was recently honored with the 2016 Cultural Heritage Award by Ocracoke Preservation Society for his contribution to Ocracoke Island’s history and culture. He has played different genres of music – acoustic, electric, rock, country, folk, jazz, western – in different line-ups over the years including the Graveyard Band, the Ocracoke Rockers, Ocracoke Jazz Society, and he has taken the stage at one time or another at all of the island venues. He's a favorite at the annual Ocrafolk Music Festival.  

Martin was joined by:  Jack Willis (bass) and Aaron Caswell (guitar), also life-long residents of Ocracoke, along with Marcy Brenner and Lou Castro (also known as Coyote), residents of Ocracoke and owners of Coyote Music Den.

For fifteen years, Marcy Brenner and Lou Castro have performed together as Coyote. Marcy studied classical guitar and jazz until at 14 she joined her first basement rock band. While earning her business degrees at Radford University in the Blue Ridge Mountains she found folk music. Lou is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston and has played guitar and bass in numerous original and cover bands before forming Coyote and is also a principal player with Ocracoke Rockers, Aaron Caswell Band, Lightening Lou and The Blackouts and the red-hot Raygun Ruby.

February 24, 2018: Amythyst Kiah and Alvin Youngblood Hart

Amythyst Kiah was originally scheduled to appear in December, 2017, but the show was postponed due to weather.  Instead she opened for Alvin Youngblood Hart, a Grammy Award-winning blues artist from Memphis, TN.  Both artists performed rare solo sets. 

Known as a “musician’s musician” and the cosmic love child of Howlin’ Wolf and Link Wray, Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor. Born in Oakland CA in 1963 to a family of post-World War II Mississippi transplants, Hart began to play the guitar, in earnest, in 1977. His brilliant 1996 debut, Big Mama's Door (Epic Records), received widespread critical acclaim and got his career as an international touring artist off the ground. Since his highly acclaimed debut, Hart has released four albums, the latest of which was Motivational Speaker (Tone Cool Records) in 2005. That same year, Hart received a Grammy Award for his contribution to Beautiful Dreamer – The Songs of Stephen Foster. He has also appeared in several films, including Last of the Mississippi Jukes, The Great Debaters, and The Soul of a Man, which was featured in Martin Scorsese's documentary film series The Blues. In 2010, Hart teamed up with friends Jimbo Mathus and Luther Dickinson to form The South Memphis String Band, whose first album - Home Sweet Home - was nominated for “Best Acoustic Album” at the 2011 Blues Foundation Music Awards.

Along with his 40 years of playing, Hart has a nuts-and-bolts passion for the hardware of the trade that comes from his time as an electronics technician, a talent he picked up during seven years active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard. His knack for quick-thinking repairs on the road has earned him nicknames such as, “The Garage Guerrilla” or “The Rock n’ Roll MacGyver” from fellow musicians.

After two decades on the road, Hart continues to delight audiences worldwide, whether as a solo performer or with the eternally rockin’ Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory.

A professed Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past.

 

January 26, 2018: Martha Bassett

Martha Bassett made her second appearance with the "More Barn" Concert Series to begin the second half of the 2017-2018 season. 

Martha Bassett was raised on the bluegrass and gospel of her native West Virginia farmland. Classically trained, Martha is blessed with a crystalline tone, a remarkable range, and sultry delivery. Her performances are known for their emotional honesty and visceral impact, making everyone in the room feel she’s singing directly to them.  Her musical inspiration moves effortlessly through swing, jazz, folk, country, and rock guaranteeing playful variety at her live shows.  Mixing originals with choice covers, she navigates sexy torch songs, rip-your-heart-out ballads, and slinky groove tunes with ease supported by a band equally comfortable in acoustic and electric settings. With her fourth disc, The Goodbye Party, Martha explores longing, anger, loss and love.  The songs are heartbroken and wistfully triumphant. No Depression describes Martha’s music as “intricate and resoundingly captivating, each song takes me further into a scene.”

Regularly seen on stages at Merlefest, the Eastern Music Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and concert venues throughout North Carolina and Virginia, she’s opened for Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, the Avett Brothers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jim Lauderdale, and Chuck Prophet.  Martha contributed music to the Sony Classics film, “Junebug,” as well. Her tours have taken her up and down the east coast and into the Midwest. 

November 9, 2017: Silver City Bound

Silver City Bound returned to the "More Barn" Concert Series with a rare performance of the band's original lineup, featuring UNCSA alums Justin Poindexter and saxophonist Eddie Barbash (Jon Batiste, Late Show with Stephen Colbert) along with accordionist/keyboardist Sam Reider.  Bassist Pat Lawerence joined the band for the performance.

September 29, 2017: Caleb Caudle

The 2017-2018 season of the "More Barn" Concert Series began on September 29 with the return of Caleb Caudle. 

Caleb Caudle is a singer-songwriter based in Winston-Salem, NC with seven albums to his credit over more than a decade playing music.

He's toured the country many times over, playing clubs, theaters, festivals and corner bars while sharing the stage with friends including Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Dawes, Robert Ellis, Patterson Hood, Justin Townes Earle, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and John Moreland, among many others.

His last album, 2016's Carolina Ghost, drew widespread critical acclaim from the likes of NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Paste, Bitter Southerner, and American Songwriter.

Crushed Coins, his new album out in late 2017, was recorded in both Los Angeles and Nashville and produced by Caudle in collaboration with long-time engineer Jon Ashley (Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Hiss Golden Messenger, War on Drugs).   www.calebcaudle.com

April 27, 2017: Jeffrey Dean Foster with special guest The Dead Tongues

Long before the Americana movement caught fire – before the genre even had a name – Jeffrey Dean Foster was synthesizing folk, rock and roots music with the Right Profile, the Carneys and the Pinetops. The 1998 Pinetops album Above Ground and Vertical showed the individuality of Foster's vision, but it was the long-awaited release of Million Star Hotel, his first solo album, that finally gathered all facets of his musical vision in a uniformly spectacular fashion. Upon the release of Foster's latest, The Arrow, Stereophile Magazine commented, "This is the kind of album that will stop you in your tracks." Most recently, Foster composed the entire soundtrack for the upcoming Angus Maclachlan film, “Abundant Acreage Available,” starring Amy Ryan. For more information, please visit www.jeffreydeanfoster.com.

For the last six years, songwriter, guitarist, and producer Ryan Gustafson has been making music as The Dead Tongues, building his own corner of the new American musical landscape with twangy garage jams, bohemian country shuffles, opened-tuned meditations, and melancholy love notes. While spending time in the studio or on the road with Hiss Golden Messenger, Charlie Parr, and Phil Cook, Ryan and longtime collaborator Andrew Marlin, along with perennial bandmates James Wallace and Jeff Crawford, found time to record The Dead Tongues third official album, Montana, a new exploration into his uniquely new and old approach to songwriting. For more information, please visit www.thedeadtongues.com.

March 18, 2017: Mochnick & Kendrick Jazz Duo

The John Mochnick/Matt Kendrick Jazz Duo is a unique piano/bass ensemble from Winston-Salem, NC.  The group plays a wide variety of repertoire including standards from the Great American Songbook, blues, show tunes, bossa novas and "classical" selections.  

Special guest drummer, John C. B. Wilson is a graduate of the UNC School of the Arts and Manhattan School of Music.

February 24, 2017: Martin Garrish & Friends

Martin Garrish, a life-long resident of Ocracoke Island, NC, is a master of 'old time' country, rock, bluegrass and folk guitar.  He has been at the heart of the Ocracoke music scene since he was a teenager and was recently honored with the 2016 Cultural Heritage Award by Ocracoke Preservation Society for his contribution to Ocracoke Island’s history and culture. He has played different genres of music – acoustic, electric, rock, country, folk, jazz, western – in different line-ups over the years including the Graveyard Band, the Ocracoke Rockers, Ocracoke Jazz Society, and he has taken the stage at one time or another at all of the island venues. He's a favorite at the annual Ocrafolk Music Festival.  

Martin was joined by:  Jack Willis (bass) and Aaron Caswell (guitar), also life-long residents of Ocracoke, along with Marcy Brenner and Lou Castro (also known as Coyote), residents of Ocracoke and owners of Coyote Music Den.

For fifteen years, Marcy Brenner and Lou Castro have performed together as Coyote. Marcy studied classical guitar and jazz until at 14 she joined her first basement rock band. While earning her business degrees at Radford University in the Blue Ridge Mountains she found folk music. Lou is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston and has played guitar and bass in numerous original and cover bands before forming Coyote and is also a principal player with Ocracoke Rockers, Aaron Caswell Band, Lightening Lou and The Blackouts and the red-hot Raygun Ruby.

January 27, 2017: Martha Bassett

Martha Bassett was raised on the bluegrass and gospel of her native West Virginia farmland. Classically trained, Martha is blessed with a crystalline tone, a remarkable range, and sultry delivery. Her performances are known for their emotional honesty and visceral impact, making everyone in the room feel she’s singing directly to them.  Her musical inspiration moves effortlessly through swing, jazz, folk, country, and rock guaranteeing playful variety at her live shows.  Mixing originals with choice covers, she navigates sexy torch songs, rip-your-heart-out ballads, and slinky groove tunes with ease supported by a band equally comfortable in acoustic and electric settings. With her fourth disc, The Goodbye Party, Martha explores longing, anger, loss and love.  The songs are heartbroken and wistfully triumphant. No Depression describes Martha’s music as “intricate and resoundingly captivating, each song takes me further into a scene.” Regularly seen on stages at Merlefest, the Eastern Music Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and concert venues throughout North Carolina and Virginia, she’s opened for Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, the Avett Brothers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jim Lauderdale, and Chuck Prophet.  Martha contributed music to the Sony Classics film, “Junebug,” as well. Her tours have taken her up and down the east coast and into the Midwest.      (www.marthabassett.com)

December 8, 2016: Caleb Caudle with guest Daniel Bachman

Following in the tracks of Gram Parsons, Merle Haggard and George Strait, Caleb Caudle makes pure country music rooted in the genre's glory days, back when melody, mood and message ruled the roost. It's not contemporary country-pop, nor is it part of any underground outlaw scene. Instead, Caudle's music finds the middle ground between the classic twang of late-Seventies/early-Eighties country and the dusty stomp of modern-day Americana. Raised just south of the Virginia/North Carolina border, Caudle cut his teeth on the road, building his audience one mile at a time while sharing the stage with the likes of Jason Isbell, Dawes, Robert Ellis, Patterson Hood, Justin Townes Earle, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and John Moreland, among many others. His last album, 2014's Paint Another Layer on My Heart, drew critical praise from far and wide and landed Caudle on more than 40 year-end best-of lists. For his new album, Carolina Ghost, Caudle returned home to his native Piedmont North Carolina. "This record is all about making life changes," says Caudle, who co-produced Carolina Ghost with longtime collaborator Jon Ashley (Avett Brothers, Dawes, Band of Horses). "I kicked booze about a year and a half ago and moved back to North Carolina and fell in love. So it all feels like a new start, really." Recorded at the Fidelitorium in Kernersville, NC, Carolina Ghost mixes Caudle's voice with the swoon of pedal steel, the swell of B3 organ, and layers of electric guitar. The light, layered arrangements swirl up memories of Haggard classics like Big City and Going Where the Lonely Go — but the end result is pure Caudle, shot through the optimism of guy, nearly a decade into his career, that’s discovered not only the thrill in hitting the highway, but the comfort in putting down some roots.

Daniel Bachman is a six-string and lap steel guitar player from Virginia currently living in North Carolina. Bachman grew up steeped in the traditional music of the Commonwealth, drawing from and expanding on it in his own fingerstyle guitar albums including Seven Pines (Tompkins Square, 2013), Orange County Serenade (Bathetic, 2014), and the new LP River (Three Lobed, 2015). On record and in person, you’re introduced to a veritable landscape of winding guitar with Bachman treating his guitar lines and licks in a way that resembles the earth itself, at its most pristine, delicate, yet also primal and overpowering. Pieces move, ascending and descending in the same way that the clouds roll through blue skies, the same way brooks babble down rocky fronts carving their paths in the land. Solo guitarists come and go and it takes Daniel Bachman, like John Fahey or Jack Rose before him, to completely show you the power in one man and his instrument. You don’t need an ensemble of players and dense layers of dissonance to create a fully realized, and actualized, chunk of music. With every new album Bachman continues to push the boundaries of solo acoustic guitar and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

November 11, 2016: Chuck Leavell

Chuck Leavell’s keyboard work has been heard on the works of Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Blues Traveler, Train, Martina McBride, John Mayer, David Gilmour and many other prominent artists.  His association with the Stones began in 1982 and is still going strong, having recently toured with the Stones on several world tours, including the recent “OLE’” Latin American tour 2016 that culminated with a historic free concert in Havana, Cuba for 750,000-plus attendees.

A conservationist, sustainable development advocate, and tech entrepreneur, Leavell co-founded The Mother Nature Network (www.mnn.com) in January of 2009, a website devoted to environmental news, information and education. He is the author of four books: Forever Green: The History and Hope of the American Forest; Between Rock and a Home Place (autobiography, co-written with Jeff Craig); The Tree Farmer (a children’s book); and his most recent, Growing A Better America (also with Craig) about “smart” growth. He and his wife, Rose Lane Leavell, live on their 3,000-acre award-winning tree farm, Charlane Plantation (www.charlane.com), in Bullard, Ga.

October 8, 2016: Silver City Bound with UNCSA School of Drama

The "More Barn" concert series began at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2016, with LOVE AND MURDER: A Musical Evening of Southern Gothic Music & Literature, featuring Americana band Silver City Bound (www.silvercitybound.com) in collaboration with director Kent Stephens and students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (www.uncsa.edu).  

Silver City Bound (formerly The Amigos) was formed by guitarist/vocalist Justin Poindexter and accordionist/vocalist Sam Reider. Their 2014 debut album, Diner in the Sky, featuring legendary musician, and beat poet David Amram, won Best Americana Music Album from the Independent Music Awards and propelled the band to appearances at CMJ, Folk Alliance International, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Cotati Accordion Festival, the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and all over world as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. Dept. of State. Silver City Bound has collaborated on stage with Jim Lauderdale, Dom Flemons, David Amram, Ranger Doug (of Riders in the Sky), The Time Jumpers, and Nellie McKay. 

 

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According to rock ‘n roll lore, after completing his now legendary 1972 album “Harvest,” Neil Young hosted Graham Nash at his Broken Arrow ranch outside San Francisco to play his long-time collaborator some of the new tracks. The two old friends rowed a boat out onto a lake next to Young’s home, and suddenly the new music was playing, with his house serving as the left speaker and his barn as the right. When the engineer called from the shore to ask how it sounded, Young hollered back, “More barn!’”

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