The Charlotte Folk Society hosts Jonesalee on Friday, March 11, at 7:30 PM in the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue in Uptown Charlotte.
Monthly Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly, open to the public, and free. Donations, which support the series, are greatly appreciated. A short refreshment break follows the hour-long concert. Afterwards, join a song circle or a jam session -- slow or fast -- listeners welcomed. The Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club meets after the concert, as well, and invites visitors to join them and play loaner instruments.
Front doors open at 7 PM. Elevator access is available to those with limited mobility after 7 PM through the ground floor door on the side of the building next to the parking lot. Free surface parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center. The arm of the nearby parking deck goes up for the weekend at 7 PM. Visitors who pick up tickets on their way in won't be charged if they leave after 8 PM.
Gina Jones teams up with songwriting partner/fiddler Brenda Lee Gambill in the duo Jonesalee to honor Mother Maybelle Carter. Jones and Gambill join guests Heidi Dove on guitar and Earleen Hicks on guitar and bass to re-create the four-part harmonies of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters (Anita, Helen, and June Carter Cash).
Armed with her own 1929 Gibson L-5, Gina Jones performs the songs of Maybelle Carter, sometimes in honest and historical authenticity, and sometimes with a whole new twist. "Gina Jones" is the re-claimed family name of the singer/songwriter/actress formerly known as Gina Stewart. Stewart has a long history among Charlotte music fans. She was the original bassist of Fetchin Bones, one of the most innovative bands to emerge from the North Carolina music scene in the '80s. She and Brenda Lee Gambill then formed Doubting Thomas and Volatile Baby, vastly different but equally ground-breaking bands. Volatile Baby's debut CD, Traveling Light, was named one of the "Top Ten" CDs in Belgium in 2007 and spent 17 weeks on the Americana music charts in 2008.
Gina's favorite performing moments include a stint as Maybelle Carter in the musical Wildwood Flowers: The June Carter Cash Story, which she performed at the Roy Acuff Theatre in Nashville, at Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville, and at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte. Her resume also includes performances at the Grand Ole Opry, alongside country music legend Carlene Carter.
Mother Maybelle Carter would have celebrated her 100th birthday in May of 2009. Maybelle, her brother-in-law A. P. Carter, and his wife, Sara, comprised the original Carter Family. The Carters made their homes in Maces Springs, in the Poor Valley of southwest Virginia. Their recording career got underway in 1927 during the famed Bristol sessions and their popularity grew until they became nationally-known early country music stars. The body of songs recorded by The Carter Family comprises one of the cornerstones in the foundation of American folk music. Maybelle Carter's innovative style of flatpicking, known as "the Carter lick" or "the Carter scratch," has become a staple of country, folk, and bluegrass guitar playing. In Maybelle's technique, the melody is played on low bass strings, while rhythm strumming continues above, on high treble strings. Charlotte can justly claim connections with The Carter Family. They made recordings here in the '30s, as well as occupying the "sunrise slot," 5:15-6:15 AM, on WBT radio for a year, beginning in the fall of 1942.
Enjoy an evening of Carter Family songs performed by musicians who treasure them. You'll no doubt be surprised to realize how many will be familiar to you. See you there!
Visit Gina's website here.
Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.