The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame has announced their 8th annual award inductees for 2015. Among those to be honored are bluegrass artist and regional musician Terry Baucom, nationally known country artist Ronnie Milsap, pioneer artist Lulu Belle & Scotty Wiseman, gospel group The Lewis Family, Songwriter Si Kahn, Bobby Patterson of the recording industry.
A special Wilkes County Music Award will be given in memory of Dr. T. R. Bryan to Keith Watts– one of the founding members of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. The 8th Annual Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The dinner and ceremony will take place at the Stone Center for Performing Arts in North Wilkesboro, NC.
The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Committee involves local experts along with many leading authorities nationwide in selecting our annual inductees. A fifteen member Nomination Committee including scholars from Appalachian State, UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Wisconsin, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution prepares the ballot upon which a Selection Committee of at least fifty-one members votes. Nomination and voting takes place in two rounds between September 15 and October 30.
The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame exists to showcase and preserve the rich musical heritage of the greater Blue Ridge Mountains area from northern Georgia to northern Virginia. The Hall of Fame educates, defines and interprets the history of music in the Blue Ridge area and musicians in all genres from the region with exhibits and an annual celebration of inductees.
Terry Baucom is affectionately known as the "Duke of Drive" by bluegrass music fan. An accomplished banjo artist, he has performed with legendary acts including Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, Baucom, Bibey, Graham & Hale, Boon Creek which he helped form. (Boon Creek was Ricky Skaggs, Wes Golding, and Jerry Douglas and Terry Baucom.) Baucom has also been a performing artist on many other albums.
On the banjo, speed isn't everything. The beat and being slightly before the beat is very important -- that's part of the drive. Baucom adds yet another dimension to his performing as he is also a muolti-instrumentalist and can perform in numerous styles other than bluegrass music. He could easily play all the instruments on a single recording by layering them down one track at a time.
Baucom's latest project, Never Thought of Looking Back" features Terry Baucom on banjo, Sam Bush on mandolin, Jerry Douglas handles dobro, Wyatt Rice plays guitar, Steve Bryant on bass and Aubrey Haynie playing fiddle. The 12 cuts bring in a variety of stellar guest vocalists with Baucom on the John Boy & Billy label.
Tickets are $35 each for the dinner and ceremony. Tickets may be purchased ONLINE or by calling 336-667-3171
“This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Cultural Arts Council of Wilkes, Inc.”