For over 25 years The Whitewater Bluegrass Co. has captivated audiences throughout the Southeast with their blend of Bluegrass music, country ballads, mountain swing and down-home humor. With Whitewater, mountain culture is a celebration of music, song and dance.
Audience involvement is a priority for any Whitewater performance. With true Southern charm and manners, Whitewater’s MC, square-dance caller and bass man, “Uncle Ted” White, will put you right at ease. He can have you dancing and following calls in as little as fifteen minutes. Combine this with some country wit and you have a show with a solid foundation.
The driving rhythm of Bill Byerly’s Martin guitar provides the backdrop against which the melody of sound is woven. Bill has been a veteran of the Asheville music scene for over 30 years. After discovering electricity, he became one of the leading players of Southern Rock, dance music and Top 40 coming out of Western North Carolina. He returned to acoustic music some 24 years ago, after he joined The Whitewater Bluegrass Co.
These two founding members have brought together some of the finest musicians this area has to offer. With the addition of David Pendley on mandolin, the blend of the Whitewater sound has become riveting. Dave served for ten years with “Ric-o-Chet,” who recorded several albums for Rebel Records. His distinct chop, paired with impeccable timing, adds to the drive of Whitewater’s accent. In addition, his great ear for harmony and lead singing make Dave a welcome addition to the Whitewater family.
Steve Sutton, on banjo, has had a vast and varied career. He cut his musical teeth working for Raymond Fairchild in Maggie Valley and went directly from there to working with the King of Bluegrass, Mr. Good & Country, Jimmy Martin. He has helped Rhonda Vincent create her sound with The Rage and most recently worked with Alicia Nugent. Steve is an International Bluegrass Music Award (IBMA) winner as well as a Grammy nominated artist. His machine-gun delivery with the banjo will leave you wanting more.
Newest Whitewater member Danielle Bishop has already made a name for herself in bluegrass. Winning fiddle awards in her youth, including the prestigious Galax and Fiddler’s Grove Conventions, this 18-year old phenom plays and sings with the feeling and taste of a seasoned road veteran. Look for her new upcoming album that will parlay her talents while being backed by some of the best in bluegrass, including Kenny Smith on guitar, Adam Steffey on mandolin, and Steve Sutton on banjo.
Come see Whitewater Bluegrass along with Lillian Chase and the New Potatoes, The Darren Nicholson Band and Possum on a Whale at Folkmoot’s Appalachian Friendship Dinner on March 18 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Dinner will be catered by Haywood Smokehouse and will feature pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw and dinner rolls. Tickets for this event can be purchased in advance, $25 for adults, $15 for kids, at Folkmoot.org or by calling (828) 452-2997. Parking is available in the back of the Folkmoot building for year-round events.