Harris Bros. hit Banner Elk Aug. 25

Article Published: Aug. 18, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Harris Bros. hit Banner Elk Aug. 25

Popular songsters the Harris Brothers hit Banner Elk Aug. 25 for the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce's 10th Concert in the Park for 2011.

The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Tate Evans Town Park stage behind Bank of America on N.C. 194.

The Harris Brothers draw from a vast repertoire of American traditional music. "Americana" is often used to describe their style, but the Harris Brothers just call it music.

It is blues mixed up with traditional Appalachian music, jazz, country, bluegrass and rock, but stripped down, intense and real. Grammy Award-winner David Holt said, "The Harris Brothers are one of my favorite groups. Great playing, singing and soul -it just doesn't get any better than this."

Reggie and Ryan Harris were born into a musical family in Caldwell County in the foothills of western North Carolina and have been picking and singing since they were small children. They most often perform with just an acoustic guitar, a bass, a suitcase used as a kick drum, and their two voices (switching between lead and harmony vocals), but they have been known to throw in a fiddle, banjo or electric guitar now and again.

Listeners often ask, "How can two people put off such a big sound?"

The Harris Brothers have been playing steady gigs for many years, from honkytonks to large venues like the Blue Ridge Music Center to festivals like MerleFest, Hickory Fest and the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival.

They have lent their talents to projects like Vassar Clements' Vassar's Jazz (Winter Harvest) and Dead Grass (Cedar Glen), two Summerville projects with Nashville bassist Ross Sermons, several Caldwell County Traditional Musicians showcases, as well as albums of their own.

The brothers have shared the stage with such accomplished musicians as Vassar Clements, Bobby Hicks, David Holt, Peter Rowan, David Grisman and Laura Boosinger, to name just a few.

With their showmanship, diverse repertoire and ability to improvise, no two shows are ever the same.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and coolers. Food will also be available for purchase, as will raffle tickets for prizes and a cash drawing. Admission is free.

This week's concert is sponsored by the Banner Elk Subway, located across from Food Lion in the Sugar Mountain Village Shopping Center.

The next concert on Sept. 1 will feature the Whip Daddys, who play jazz and dance music, and is sponsored by Erick's Cheese & Wine.

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