The Yadkin Arts Council, in partnership with the Blue Ridge Music Center, will kick off the fourth annual 2019 Sounds of the Mountain series with Grammy Award Winner Dom Flemons. Flemons is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. He is a music scholar, historian, record collector, and a multi-instrumentalist. Flemons is considered an expert player on the Banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones.
Flemons rise to fame started in 2005 when his co-founded group, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk in 2010. Since winning a Grammy, Flemons has shared the stage with other Grammy Award Winning musicians, such as, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Guy Davis, and performed with influential traditional music masters like Joe Thompson and Boo Hanks. He has performed as a soloist at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, at some of America’s most renowned festivals like National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Newport Folk Festival, and for the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. In 2017, Flemons was featured on David Holt’s State of Music on PBS and performed as bluesman Joe Hill Louis on CMT’s original hit television show Sun Records. Among many other accomplishments, in 2014, he released a critically acclaimed solo album Prospect Hill through Music Maker Relief Foundation where Flemons serves as a member and board member.