jesse milnes and emily miller
And their All-Star Band
With Special Guest Becky Hill
11 April 2015 - Saturday - 8 PM
Woman's Club of Charleston
1600 Virginia St East
General admission $20
Under 13 FREE
AmeriCorps VISTA FREE
tickets at the door
Tickets will be sold at the door
at the concert
Box office opens 7 PM
Jesse Milnes - vocals, fiddle, guitar
Jesse Milnes learned to play the fiddle from his father, Augusta folklorist Gerry Milnes. Growing up in central West Virginia, he was exposed to the music of masters like Melvin Wine, Sarah Singleton and Woody Simmons. From 2008 to 2013 he toured with neo-traditional honky-tonk band the Sweetback Sisters, traveling across the United States and several European countries. He plays a variety of fiddle styles from old-time to country, and also performs his own brand of fingerpicking on guitar.
When not playing music he repairs fiddles at Smakula Fretted Instruments near Elkins.
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Emily Miller - lead vocals, fiddle, guitar
Emily was born in Kansas and raised in Hong Kong, where her family band performed traditional American music on television shows and in shopping malls throughout the city. She regularly shares her extensive knowledge of country music through harmony-singing workshops (often taught in collaboration with her mother, Val Mindel) around the country. Emily recently earned a masters degree in speech pathology at Vanderbilt University.
Emily was raised playing and singing Louvin Brothers and Stanley Brothers songs with her parents while they traveled the world as journalists.
Emily tours extensively with The Sweetback Sisters (a 6-piece country band fronted by Emily and her pseudo-sister Zara Bode)
Nate Druckenmiller - mandolin
Nate Druckenmiller, a native Pennsylvanian, grew up playing old-time music in a family band with his parents, Tom and Betty. He has won numerous fiddle contests and played for square dances and festivals in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Nate now lives in Elkins and works as an instrument repairman at Smakula Fretted Instruments.
Becky Hill - flatfoot dance
Becky Hill is a percussive dancer and square dance caller. She coordinates The Mountain Dance Trail Project for Augusta Heritage Center and is the Dance Director for Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble.
In 2013 she choreographed for the "Carry It On" project for Wheatland Music Festival¹s 40th Anniversary. She has danced with Footworks PercussiveDance Ensemble, Good Foot Dance Company, Rhythm in Shoes and Nic Gareiss, having performed at the Newport Folk Festival, Augusta Heritage Center, Wheatland Music Festival and many others.
She has won several flatfoot dance competitions throughout Appalachia including Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival and recently finished an Augusta production film "Reel 'Em Boys, Reel 'Em." Becky is constantly inspired by old-time dancers and hopes to carry on their steps and stories.
P. J. George III - bass
P. J. George III is a performing multiinstrumentalist and harmony singer who hails originally from Salem, Virginia but has been based in Nashville, TN for 5 years. He has toured extensively since moving to Nashville with americana groups such as Bearfoot, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, The Sweetback Sisters, Front Country, and most often these days with Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys. P. J. is a cando instrumentalist and while he’s most often seen behind the upright bass, he sounds right at home on many other instruments including, drums, piano, guitar, mandolin, accordion, banjo, and pedal steel. His most recent recordings with Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys can be found at www.lindsayloumusic.com
This concert series is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.