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Carolina Blue is a Brevard, NC based band whose roots run deep in the tradition of Bill Monroe. The band was formed in 2007 after the release of the album "Nothing So Blue" by Bobby Powell and Tim Jones. Carolina Blue won the South Carolina state bluegrass championship at RenoFest in 2011. They also received their first Vocal Group of The Year Nomination at the 2018 SPBGMA Awards Show. They have appeared on the hit TV show “Song Of The Mountains” as well as “The Bluegrass Trail” series on RFDTV. The band's repertoire consists of original songs (including Tim Jones' "Spring Will Bring Flowers", which was recorded by 2014 IBMA entertainers of the year Balsam Range), many bluegrass favorites, and gospel too, all done in the traditional style.
Available recordings are Bobby Powell & Tim Jones "Nothing So Blue" (2007 produced by Steep Canyon Ranger Woody Platt and featuring Platt, Graham Sharp, Mike Guggino, Shannon Whitworth, and Roy Chapman), "Carolina Blue Live at Renofest" (2011), self produced "Goin' Home Today" (2016) which earned them their first song on the charts, and most recently released "Sounds of Kentucky Grass" (2017) which landed the band their first #1 album on the Roots Music Charts. Most currently “I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me”is set to release on January 18th, 2019.
Band members are Bobby Powell on guitar and vocals, Timmy Jones on mandolin and vocals, Reese Combs on upright bass and vocals, James McDowell on banjo and vocals, as well as American and Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion, Aynsley Porchak on fiddle, who is recipient of the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Instrumentalist Award.
Carolina Blue Music Videos
John Lawless, Bluegrass Today
“Carolina Blue is a complete band. They have all the right elements that a great
band needs. Great singing, great musicianship, and great original songs. I've been
a fan for several years now. Glad to call them my friends.”
- Tim Surret, Bass player with Balsam Range
“Carolina Blue is one of my favorite acoustic bands!!! Their vocals are superb,
their playing is flawless, and their songwriting skills are enviable!!! These men
present a fresh approach to performance simply by being unique individuals and
down to earth people. They represent bluegrass and American folk traditions in
classy ways that make me proud to call Carolina Blue good friends!!! I’d buy a
ticket to see them pick and sing any day of the week!!! If you get a chance to
watch a Carolina Blue show, I bet you’ll agree.”
- Marc Pruett, Banjo guy with Balsam Range
"Carolina Blue is one of the brightest young stars on the Bluegrass horizon. They
represent everything that's good about a touring, recording band. Wonderful new
songs, great singing, and great music. Most importantly, they're top-notch guys
and we always look forward to seeing them.
Check this band out and you'll be glad you did!
- Darren Nicholson, Mandolin player with Balsam Range
"Carolina Blue is a fabulous band that epitomizes the true essence of bluegrass.
Bobby Powell's warm baritone vocal along side Tim Jones' mournful tenor,
create a classic bluegrass duet. Steeped in the tradition of WNC bluegrass great
Roy Chapman-Carolina Blue is carrying the music forward while being true the
- Woody Platt, Guitarist with Steep Canyon Rangers