✭Bryant & Brown – USA✭
This extraordinary foursome presents old-time music traditions of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and other southern U.S. states with depth and expertise reflecting long experience. Paul Brown, Terri McMurray, Mike Bryant, and Marcia Bryant carry on the traditions they learned directly from the late masters such as Tommy Jarrell, Benton Flippen, Paul Sutphin, Luther Davis, and many others over their 40+ years playing traditional music. These two couples, who love to make music together, bring you the real old-time music sound with an easy, down home friendliness in every performance.
Mike Bryant began playing fiddle over 40 years ago after hearing it as a dancer on a clogging team. Along with his wife Marcia, he played for 20 years with the New Dixie Entertainers, winning numerous blue ribbons at competitions in the southeast including several first place awards at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia. Mike teaches fiddle in the Knoxville, Tennessee area and has taught at music camps around the southeast.
Marcia Bryant began playing old-time bass over 40 years ago, and guitar about 30 years ago to accompany her husband, Mike. She’s respected for her solid backup skills on both instruments and her knowledge of Mike’s repertoire.
Paul Brown started playing banjo as a child to accompany the old Virginia songs he’d been learning from his mother. He’s a multiple first place winner on banjo at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival, a senior fiddle winner, and was named a master artist there. Paul has devoted much of his life to documenting and learning from senior Appalachian musicians. He’s a former NPR journalist who now hosts the Across the Blue Ridge music and culture radio show.
Terri McMurray started playing uke and guitar as a child. She was drawn by music to the southern Appalachian mountains in 1982. She looked and listened hard during her many years around some of the great master traditional musicians in North Carolina and southern Virginia, and it shows in her playing. Terri studied banjo intensively with the late Tommy Jarrell and other great Round Peak banjo players. Her uke playing is widely known for propelling any band. She co-founded the Old Hollow String Band with Riley Baugus and Kirk Sutphin, and has since performed with the Toast String Stretchers, the Mostly Mountain Boys and the Mountain Birch Duo with Paul Brown.