Malpass Brothers headlining next showcase

From News ReleaseMarch 28, 2014 

The next Country Music Showcase at Johnston Community College will celebrate the legends of country, bluegrass and blues.

The Malpass Brothers will headline the show, with songs by the Statler Brothers, David Frizzell and Shelly West, Darius Rucker, Etta James and Buck Owens. Show times are 7 p.m. April 4 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 5 in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on JCC’s Smithfield campus, 245 College Road.

Tickets to the evening shows are $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door. Matinee tickets are $10 and $12.50. For tickets, visit or call the JCC box office at 919-209-2099. The box office is open from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Malpass Brothers are Christopher and Taylor Malpass. Christopher earned his first talent show trophy at age 7, and Taylor was playing mandolin by the time he was 10. Today, they promote the work and music of classic country artists while creating new music.

The Malpass Brothers toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams, and they have opened for music legend Merle Haggard on multiple tours. They have appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to the Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. The title-cut video from their “Memory That Bad” album hit the Top 10 on CMT’s “Pure Country.”

Other guest performers this month are profiled below.

Katlyn Casey, a radiology student at Lenoir Community College, enjoys competitive cheerleading, riding horses, reading and cooking. She will perform “Our Kind of Love” by Lady Antebellum.

Jessica Rae Jones, a 26-year-old third grade teacher, has performed at the Cleveland Area Strawberry Festival, the JoCo LoCo Talent Show and the annual Clayton Harvest Festival karaoke contest.

Lindsey Roberts is a certified nursing assistant and office manager for First-Class HomeCare in Benson. She will sing “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James.

Tarrah Walston, a junior at East Duplin High School, performed at the 2009 Virginia Monster Truck Jam, the 2010 Boy Scout Jamboree, the 2008-2010 Woodmen of the World Banquet and the 2010 and 2013 Christmas at Twilight. She will perform “Born to Fly.”

Abigail Stephens, the 10-year-old daughter of Brian and April Stephens, is a fifth-grader at McGee’s Crossroads Elementary School. A former Clayton Junior Idol and JoCo LoCo Junior winner, she has performed the National Anthem at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Speedway, Durham Bulls ballpark and Carolina Mudcat stadium. She will sing “Anyway” by Martina McBride.

William Byrd enjoys hunting, fishing, horseback riding and playing guitar when he is not working as parts manager for Hudson’s Hardware in Clayton. He will perform “Heartland.”

The Hall Sisters – Jessica, 19, Natalie, 17, Lydia, 16, and Valerie, 14 – are the daughters of David and Kathryn Hall of Garner. Each is a musician and singer. In 2012, they performed at Carnegie Hall with the Annie Moses Band.

Duet partners Daryl Stuart and Laurie Mason perform “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” by Shelley West and Lefty Frizzell. Stuart is a barber, and Mason is the owner of a children’s boutique.

Clae Wilson’s love for music has taken him from Tennessee to Birmingham and now back to North Carolina. He will perform “Troubador” by George Strait.

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