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The New North Carolina Ramblers



Biography

The New North Carolina Ramblers performs old-time string band music in the tradition of such legendary artists as Charlie Poole, The Carter Family, and The Floyd County Ramblers. The band features Kirk Sutphin on fiddle and banjo, Jeremy Stephens on fiddle and guitar, Darren Moore on guitar and autoharp, and Kinney Rorrer on banjo.  They are inspired by the rural traditional recording artists and the back porch musicians who have entertained throughout the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains for generations. The band has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, MerleFest, the National Folk Festival, The Ferrum Folklife Festival, the Wayne Henderson Festival, and the Barter Theatre. Kirk Sutphin has participated in the National Banjo Tour with Ralph Stanley. Jeremy Stephens has won numerous first prizes for his banjo playing including Merlefest and Clifftop. Darren Moore is an expert on the music of the Carter Family and has played at the Carter Family Fold with family members. Kinney Rorrer, great nephew of Charlie Poole and Posey Rorer, has written numerous liner notes and magazine articles on oldtime music, in addition to his biography of Charlie Poole. He also co-hosts a radio program of traditional rural music called Back to the Blue Ridge on WFVT-FM (NPR). The band’s first CD Cotton Mills Blues was released in 2007. Their second CD Four and a Half was released in the Spring of 2009.
The New North Carolina Ramblers