Generation Bluegrass came from the mind of 17-year-old Corey Smith, who wanted to merge two passions: video and bluegrass music.
Since making the switch from classical guitar to bluegrass at age 14, Smith developed friendships with young musicians at fiddlers’ conventions while playing with his family’s bluegrass band.
Generation Bluegrass received a big boost when Henri Deschamps of the Bluegrass Foundation and Bluegrass Today magazine sponsored its premiere at the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Convention in Nashville, Tenn. The positive response and input from industry professionals encouraged the young musicians to take Generation Bluegrass on the road with a live show.
Performers in Generation Bluegrass are profiled below.
• The Smith Family includes Corey, 18, on guitar; Nellie Grace, 15, fiddle and vocals, Luke, 14, banjo; and Eli, 11, mandolin. In 2013, the group performed on the PBS show “Song of the Mountains” and at bluegrass festivals in Missouri, Virginia, South Carolina, Vermont, Canada and North Carolina.
• Zeb Snyder, 16, and his sister Samantha, 13, are from Lexington and have been performing all over the country for the past six years, including Merlefest. They are known for their tight harmonies and instrumental abilities. In 2012, the teens won the adult divisions in guitar and fiddle at the Old Time Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Va. Their latest CD, “Building Bridges,” has all original music.
• The Church Sisters are twins Samantha and Sarah Church and their brother Seth of Galax, Va. They have been performing at bluegrass festivals, concerts and churches for several years.
• The Moore Brothers are from Hickory. Jacob, 14, plays mandolin, Isaac, 9, plays guitar, and Daniel Perry, 18, plays bass. They are known for their instrumental skills and for their lively stage performances.
• Shane and Alex Edwards join in on guitar and banjo. Also, Jacob Burleson, 12, brings his multi-instrument talents to the show. Jacob is the son of Jason Burleson of the bluegrass group Blue Highway.
Generation Bluegrass is coming to the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road. The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Tickets are $12.50 for adults; $10 for seniors, students and military and $15 at the door. For tickets, go to www.jccperformingarts.com or call the box office at 919-209-2099.