Hank & Pattie and The Current

Carolina bluegrass ambassadors Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw will join forces with their new Raleigh-based “soulgrass” band, Hank & Pattie and The Current, for a tour stop at White Horse Black Mountain Friday, Aug. 9 in support of their recently-release fourth album of original material, “Rise Above” on Robust Records.

Hank (banjo) and Pattie (fiddle, vocals) who play take traditional bluegrass and infuse it with their own flair, drawing from a melting pot of styles including Latin and Jazz, which adds up to an authentic and unique reflection of American music. While some of the music sounds old school and some sounds fresh and new, their overall musicianship, vocal harmonies, impassioned delivery and innovative arrangements captivate all generations of music lovers.

The talented duo is backed by an all-star band comprising North Carolina musicians Jonah Freedman on bass and vocals, Billie Feather on guitar, and Robert Thornhill on mandolin and vocals.

While some of the music sounds old school and some sounds fresh and new, their overall musicianship, vocal harmonies, impassioned delivery and innovative arrangements captivate all generations of music lovers.

He has since played in a variety of projects such as The Hotwires, The Kickin Grass Band, and No Strings Attached. Currently, he hosts a weekly bluegrass-oriented music series called Beer & Banjos with Tir Na Nog Irish Pub and fronts the world’s first and only tribute to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: Blu-Bop. Hank also maintains a roster of around 25 students in banjo, mandolin and guitar as an adjunct professor at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, privately and through the Raleigh Music Academy. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are priced at $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event. For more information, go to www.whitehorseblackmountain.com or call 828-669-0816.

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