THE THOMAS CASSELL PROJECT Appearing Thu July 7th 2016 at 7:30pm

Tickets:
$10 in advance

$12 at the door

The hills and valleys of southwest Virginia have nurtured many remarkable musicians, and the name of 18-year-old Thomas Cassel can now be added to that list. The Norton, Virginia mandolinist and his group The Thomas Cassell Project are playing at the White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.

These talented young musicians have absorbed the lessons of bluegrass masters as well as players that have pushed the frontiers of the genre, injecting blues, jazz, folk and New Acoustic into their string band lineup. rock1st place mandolin 2015 Bristol Rhythm and roots Youth Music Competition.

As might be expected, Cassell lists pioneering mandolinists like Jethro Burns, Sam Bush, “Dawg Music” architect David Grisman, Mike Marshall and Chris Thile as influences, along with relative newcomer Sierra Hull. But he also cites flatpicking guitar heavyweights Doc Watson, Brian Sutton and Tony Rice as musical models, and his all-time hero is the late multi-instrumentalist iconoclast John Hartford. He advises other young players that “Listening to music is a vital part of learning music.

 Listen to something in every free moment you have.” He enjoys hearing how other people interpret music in unexpected ways, and uses those insights in his approach to cover tunes and his original compositions. Cassell has just released a solo EP, “Mellifluous”, on which band members Matthew Davis (banjo) and Peyton Kendrick (guitar) can also be heard. He’s joined onstage by Angel Edgemon on bass and fiddler Julian Pinelli.