Mountain Made Music
Jay Brown Presents
The Best of Our Songwriter/Performers
Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show affirms that Jay Brown is “the most authentic songster to come out of the Carolina High Country since a man named Doc Watson”.
A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he has hundreds of classic songs in his repertoire as well as a hundred-odd originals. He performs with Boone-based roots band The Lazybirds, Indian-flavored world music group Shantavaani and early-jazz cats Swing Guitars. In 2007 he founded The Jay Brown One-Man-Band, in which the sole member handles vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion and piano. The busy musician can be found gigging in clubs and pubs around Asheville and Western North Carolina, but has performed and studied in locales around the world, including New Orleans, California, India, Ghana, and Peru.
Melissa Autumn Raines and Billy Presnell have been a songwriting duo for the past couple of years, tapping many different genres to create a sound all their own which Presnell calls “Soulful Americana”. Melissa sings and plays guitar, and Billy plays “any instrument I can get my hands on”. It would almost be easier to list what theMarion native doesn’t play, but he manages to make great music on just about anything with strings. Presnell is a particular standout on finger picked percussive guitar and progressive banjo stylings. When not onstage with various musical groups he can be found behind the counter at Black Mountain’s Acoustic Corner, where he also teaches banjo.