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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.


Gathering May 10th
Freeman and Williams

Come enjoy the finest in bluegrass when the trio of Freeman and Williams play at our next CFS Gathering on Friday, May 10th. Music gets underway at 7:30 PM in the Great Aunt Stella Center (926 Elizabeth Avenue) in the edge of uptown Charlotte. The beautifully restored century-old church is warm and welcoming, a beautiful music listening room. Doors open at 7 PM; arrive early to be sure of admission.

Gatherings are family-friendly, open to the public, and free. Donations are greatly appreciated and essential to supporting the concert series in the Stella Center. Free parking is available in an adjacent deck; exit without paying after 8 PM. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground-floor door on the parking lot side of the building. Drivers with guests needing accessible entry may park temporarily in designated drop-off spaces opposite the side door.

Freeman Williams Trio

Freeman and Williams Trio

Freeman & Williams offer a new, fresh sound from award-winning veteran performers Jeanette Williams, Johnny Williams, and Scott Freeman. This trio combines an amazing array of talents . . . all are accomplished musicians, vocalists, and songwriters. Their musical interests include old-time, Western swing, old-time country, and gospel, as well as traditional and contemporary bluegrass. The group's first recording for Mountain Roads Recordings, a self-titled CD, Freeman & Williams, was released in early 2012. The album showcases the group with original creations, some well-known favorites, and some not-so-well-known classics.

Jeanette Williams, vocalist, bass player, and award-winning songwriter, began her singing career in 1989, with a local country band performing at amateur recreations of the Grand Ole Opry. In the years since, she has been twice (2009 and 2012) named SPBGMA Female Bluegrass Vocalist of the Year in the traditional category. All told, she has garnered no fewer than six nominations for that honor. As well, Jeanette has been chosen the Virginia Folk Music Association's State Champion Female Vocalist. In 2007, she won the bluegrass division of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest.



Freeman and Williams Show

Jeanette has been featured in Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Now magazines, to name a few. She has recorded more than ten projects, including the critically acclaimed 1999 Doobie Shea Records release, Cherry Blossoms in the Springtime, which spent nine months on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Survey Album Chart. Her latest solo project, Thank You For Caring, rated high on the National Survey charts, also. She is featured on the Daughters of Bluegrass Back To The Well album that earned the group the prestigious IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award in 2006 and on the group's 2008 album, Bluegrass Bouquet. Notable guests on Jeanette's CDs have included George Jones, Tony Rice, and Tim Stafford. She has made guest appearances with Alison Krauss and Ralph Stanley!


Johnny Williams plays guitar, shares vocal and emcee duties, and writes most of the band's original material. An award-winning singer and songwriter, he has been named Virginia State Champion Male Vocalist. Johnny was the bluegrass division winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in both 1998 and 1999. He penned three of the four songs that the Jeanette Williams Band recorded for the soundtrack of Bell Witch, The Movie. His songs have been recorded by Rambler's Choice, New Classic Grass, Larry Stephenson, Special Consensus, and Mark Newton. Johnny has also co-written with notable songwriters Tom T. and Dixie Hall. His 2009 solo release on Mountain Roads Recordings, Last Day of Galax, includes nine original compositions. Johnny was President of the Dan River Region Bluegrass Association for five years, and produces many local music events. Johnny has taught vocal workshops along side John Hartford, Gillian Welch, Jim Lauderdale, and Guy Clark. He currently produces and records with bands in several different genres of music.

Freeman Williams Trio

Freeman and Williams Trio

Jeanette and Johnny Williams have been taken acoustic music around the world, including most of the United States, Canada, and five countries abroad.

Scott Freeman performs on mandolin, fiddle, and vocals with the band. He plays, arranges, and writes songs. His original material has been recorded by some of the top touring bands in acoustic music. He has recorded three solo projects, Southern Souvenirs, Friends For The Journey, and Carolina Welcomes You, each showcasing his varied musical tastes. Scott spends much of his time now teaching fiddle and mandolin. He also tours and conducts workshops at folk festivals.



Just listen to Jeanette Williams' singing to understand why she has been nominated six times and twice won Female Bluegrass Vocalist of the Year. Vocals by the trio of Jeanette, Johnny, and Scott are nothing less than sublime. Add in their instrumental command and their award-winning songwriting and you have a recipe for entertainment of the highest order.



Freeman and Williams Live from the Cook Shack

















Visitors are invited to come to the downstairs Café after the concert to enjoy refreshments. A song circle, informal jam sessions, and a Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club meeting follow. The Dulcimer Club makes available loaner instruments to visitors interested in "taking a test drive." Both listeners and participants are welcome to all these activities.

CFS 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.
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