PineCone & Town of Cary present NC Songwriters Co-Op Showcase

The third PineCone Summer Series at Sertoma kicks off on Saturday, May 14 with a special concert featuring three local North Carolina bands: Tubby Ridge; Ace & T-Bone; and Nixon, Blevins & Gage.
Ace & T-Bone
Ace & T-Bone
April 20, 2011 - PRLog -- Songwriting is almost as old as language itself, and songwriting is a vital component of traditional and folk music. While instrumental music speaks its own language, lyrics allow the audience to sing along and to relate to words and stories being shared. To highlight the importance of songwriting in traditional music, PineCone and the Town of Cary have partnered with the North Carolina Songwriters’ Co-Op to present three local North Carolina performers at Cary’s Sertoma Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 14: Tubby Ridge; Ace & T-Bone; and Nixon, Blevins & Gage. This concert starts at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Tubby Ridge
Adam Broderson (guitar/vocals), Bobb Head (bass/banjo/guitar), Bob Vasile (bouzouki/guitar/vocals), John Pugh (piano/vocals) and Kirk Ridge (guitar/vocals) play catchy original “swing-grass” tunes. Band members have played at festivals throughout the US and UK, as well as on Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, NPR’s Fresh Air, and at the Smithsonian. The band’s original song “She Spins” was selected for inclusion on the Belfast, Ireland-based Celtic Roots Radio playlist, and band member Vasile is a past Wayne Henderson guitar contest winner. Ridge’s lyrics have been published in American Songwriter Magazine.

Ace & T-BoneAce & T-Bone
Peter Laiosa and Trey Marchant, known as Ace & T-Bone, recently earned second eseih place in the 2010 North Carolina Songwriting finals. This duo plays original acoustic blues, jazz, and folk with lots of energy, harmonies, and fun. With a distinct focus on originals, their style is unique with influences from the roots and jazz traditions, and they are working on a third CD for release in 2011 of all new original tunes.

Nixon, Blevins & GageNixon, Blevins, Gage
An acoustic trio loosely based in bluegrass, this group is no stranger to PineCone, as Larry Nixon is the long-time co-host of the PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show. Joining Nixon in this trio are Steven Gage and David Blevins. Nixon, Blevins & Gage will release a collection of old favorite hymns presented in their acoustic trio style on a new album, titled Pickin’ on Baptists, in late May. This trio combines folk, traditional, religious and country music with selections ranging from modern songs adapted to their style to true-to-form preservations of older songs. They are some of the latest pioneers to emerge from the acoustic trio tradition as originated by Doc Watson and continued by such groups as the Kruger Brothers and Blue Country. They have released four CDs, which have been critically acclaimed in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and have received national airplay.

This concert is free and open to the public. Complete concert details are available at

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