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Rocky Creek Bluegrass Takes 1st at Charlie Poole Bluegrass Festival

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Rocky CreekRocky Creek Bluegrass wins 1st place at the Charlie Poole Festival in Eden, North Carolina. Three members of Rocky Creek Bluegrass from Forest City traveled to Eden NC over the weekend to compete in the Charlie Poole Music Festival Bluegrass competition.

Only half the band was able to go, but the participating members took FIRST PLACE in the competition. Trey Hodge of Rocky Creek also took 3rd place in the Banjo competition and Jamie Renfro(18) of Rocky Creek placed 3rd in the Mandolin competition and 5th in the guitar event. Singer Dylan Lewis(18) led the band during the competition.

Also in tow was guitarist Jordan Nanny who took 1st place in the Guitar competition and backed Rocky Creek during their showing. Members that were unable to attend are Brannan Henson of Six Points, Joshua Bridges of Forest City and Travis Tucker of Pacolet SC.

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The festival celebrates the life and music of Charlie Poole and his bandmates, The North Carolina Ramblers. Poole was a pioneer in music and an early entertainer in the country and bluegrass music genres. Poole and the band went to New York City in 1925, auditioned for Columbia Records, and recorded four tracks for the label. Poole played banjo and performed songs that are creeping back into notice such as "White House Blues."

In 1931, Poole was supposed to write and record music for a film, but died of heart failure before he could make the trip to Hollywood. His legacy is carried forward through the music of the new North Carolina Ramblers and their leader, Kinney Rorrer. The band makes use of the sounds of the original band, including banjo and other stringed instruments popular in the 1920’s. Rorrer and his brother, Doug, are nephews of Poole. The group continues to focus on old-time music. Don't miss it - visit for more info about this wonderful music festival.

Through the years, this event has featured many of the legends in Americana music – Mike Seeger, Norman & Nancy Blake, Tony Rice, J.D. Crowe, the Osborne Brothers, Alice Gerrard, Tony Trischka, and Bryan Bowers – as well as some of the brightest stars of today – The Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Wiyos, and Uncle Earl – all in honor of a true icon in American music – Charlie Poole.

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