Homegrown it’s alright with me! Spacey country rock sing alongs blowing in from western Watauga. ”

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Western Watauga’s own, Loose Roosters have earned a local following playing all over the high country including, Music in the Valle, Sugar Grove Music Festival and The Jones House Summer  Concert Series. The band blends their roots music background into an electric experience that is both ethereal and exciting.

Loose Roosters new self-titled album is their 3rd studio album. Tim Jones, frontman of the band says “It sounds the most like us out of any of our recordings to date.” The album contains some previously released songs from previous albums including Blood and Bone and Tim’s solo project Dead and Gone.

Honing their sound during the tumultuous past two years, Loose Roosters present a collection of songs that capture the mystical sound of the mysterious mountains in which they reside. Seth Sullivan, who created the art work for this new release, fronts the band Naked Gods and runs the Boone Area Community Radio program Real Companion Radio Hour, describes the sound as “Homegrown it’s alright with me! Spacey country rock sing alongs blowing in from western Watauga. ”

The record was recorded at Johnson City Sessions with the four members playing live in one room. “This was the first time in a recording situation we could be completely present for the music. In other sessions someone would have to man the recording rig and be present as a musician. We were also very comfortable with this material as we have been playing it live for over a year.” -Tim Jones

Loose Roosters have two prior releases. The wheel EP and Blood and Bone. The title track from Blood and Bone became a finalist in the 21st Annual Great American Song Contest. “I was immediately swept up in this poignant, relevant and engaging theme. The melancholy premise is deeply felt and poetically communicated. The title/hook is original & memorable. Melodic structure fits perfectly the emotionality of the song. It’s a pleasure to hear this impressive quality of songwriting.”- Judges Comments

The band continues to evolve and has welcomed longtime Boone bass player Ben McPherron into a lineup that includes Dirk Brown on drums, Chris Capozzoli on guitar and vocals and Tim  Jones on guitar and vocals. The new self-titled album is a calling card for the band. A true representation of the sound found somewhere in the fog on the mountainside.

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Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson was an 8-time Grammy award winning musician from Deep Gap, North Carolina. He was considered a “national treasure” by President Jimmy Carter and was awarded with the National Medal of the Arts by President Bill Clinton. To the residents of Watauga County and many others, he was an “American Hero,” but if you were to ever ask Doc himself, he would say that he was “just one of the people.”

Doc Watson started playing on the streets of Boone, NC when he was young but quickly rose to fame as a musician playing nationally and internationally. He became a master of flatpicking guitar and was steeped in folk, traditional, and bluegrass music. Despite his ongoing fame and recognition, Doc was a humble man who always made fellow musicians he played with and audiences he played for, feel as if they were sitting in his living room.

In 1998, the first Doc Watson Appreciation Day was held at the grounds of the Historic Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove, NC. Doc would often play benefits and concerts in and around Watauga County in order to raise money for local families and organizations. The intent of the Doc Watson Appreciation Day was to honor Doc and his many contributions to our community, but the festival was also used to raise money to help restore the Historic Cove Creek School, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Doc Watson was instrumental in helping to preserve Western Watauga County history and the facility is now used for continued community programs.

The festival has continued for many years and is now titled, Doc & Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest. The festival is still held on the grounds of the historic Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove, which is also home to the Doc and Merle Watson Folk Art Museum. The music festival has hosted multiple World-renown and Grammy nominated and award-winning performers, including Sam Bush, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and of course, Deep Gap-native Doc Watson. The music festival has also been the starting point for many local and regional Grammy Award winning artists including, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Although Doc passed away on May 29, 2012 at age 89, the Cove Creek Preservation and Development Board continues to promote the legacy of Doc Watson and his impact on our community and the music world.

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