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Dedicated to promoting the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts and lore in the Carolinas Piedmont,
since 1982.

David Childers and Michael Reno Harrell

Two of North Carolina's finest songwriters
on November 11th

Listen to David Childers
Cincinnati music notes
The Prettiest Thing music notes
Some Place Along The River music notes
Listen to Michael Reno Harrell
40 Acres music notes
Road in Wyoming music notes
Tennessee Border music notes

The Charlotte Folk Society's next second-Friday Gathering brings together two of North Carolina's treasured veteran songwriters, David Childers and Michael Reno Harrell. This will be an evening to remember as David and Michael trade songs and share their views of 21st century life in the South.

David Childers
David Childers

Eric Hage (All Music Guide) characterizes David Childers, a Chapel Hill educated attorney by trade, as, "an acclaimed Americana artist who writes tough, literary tunes informed by heartland rock, country music, folk music, small towns, and lonesome highways. He also draws passionate inspiration and imagery from the Bible."

David, born in 1951, grew up in Mt. Holly, North Carolina. Music and a love of language took root in his life early on. As a teen, he began writing poetry and playing banjo. Later, he picked up the harmonica and piano. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he added the guitar to his repertoire. Writing in a pared down, bare bones style, David won the American Academy of Poets Award for North Carolina in 1973.

Songs are simply poetry set to music and David has a large body of original material. He has performed and recorded solo and with the Mount Holly Hellcats, the Modern Don Juans, and, most recently, the Overmountain Men. All told, he has a discography of some eleven titles, including Hard Time County (Rank, 1999), Room 23 (Ramseur/Silver Meteor, 2005), and Burning In Hell (Single Wing, 2007).

David Childers and the Modern Don Juans garnered a well-deserved reputation as a roots rock band that gave its all to their audiences. Physically and mentally exhausted after five years on the road, David called it quits in 2007 and the band played its last gig.

A year later, he was performing again with The Overmountain Men, named for the patriots who fought the British at Kings Mountain during the Revolutionary War. Last year they released Glorious Days on the Ramseur label and will release a second project next year. Most important is their shared joy in the music and their fun in playing together. These days, David is writing new, quieter songs that reflect the spiritual turn his life has taken and his commitment to tending his life, his wife, and his home.

Multi-instrumentalist and musical "gun for hire" Randy Saxon will accompany David on November 11th. As well as being a veteran of both the Modern Don Juans and the Overmountain Men, he has played banjo in bluegrass bands and toured with a Christian rock musician. Randy provides tasteful accompaniment for live performances of many styles of music and has played with well-known performers such as Doc Watson, Jim Lauderdale, and The Gourds. He performs with several local bands in Shelby and Charlotte and works as a luthier, repairing classical, acoustic, and electric instruments. In 2008, Randy was named Charlotte Magazine Best of Charlotte "Best Guitarist."

To read David Childers' poetry, view his paintings, and learn more about his recordings, visit his website at:

Listen to more samples of David Childers' music:  here

Michael Reno Harrell
Michael Reno Harrell

Michael Reno Harrell is an award-winning songwriter, as well as a seasoned storyteller, playwright, and entertainer. Michael's recordings top the Americana Music Association charts year after year. His original songs and stories have been described as "Appalachian grit and wit," but his writing reflects an awareness broader than the bounds of his boyhood home or even the southern experience.

Having toured throughout the British Isles and much of Europe, as well as most of the United States, the songs and stories he creates offer insights into people's experiences that catch the ear like an old friend's voice. Michael has been honored to be Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and to be Teller In Residence at the International Storytelling Center, as well as performing at major music events such as MerleFest and the Walnut Valley Festival.

"Michael Reno Harrell is a classic storyteller with a voice that's part Marty Robbins, part John Prine. There's an organic timelessness to his songs, whether he's rushing through a classic on-the-run tale or quietly mourning a long-dead friend." - The Charlotte Observer

Visit Michael's website at:

View more photos and videos of Michael Reno Harrell:  here

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Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear David Childers and Michael Reno Harrell on the same night, on the same stage! Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Donations are appreciated and essential to presenting the concert series in the Stella Center.

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.