G. B. Grayson and Henry Whitter sang together for only three years but had a tremendous effect not only on country music but other genres. Contemporary performers still perform such tunes as “Cluck Old Hen,” “Tom Dooley,” and “Handsome Molly” which originally sold 50,000 copies. Fiddler/Singer Grayson was born in Ashe County, NC and made his living in younger years as a minstrel traveling through the surrounding mountains playing at fairs and dances. Guitarist Singer Whitter was born in Fries, VA and was devoted to promoting old-time music. They met at a fiddlers’ convention in Mountain City, TN in 1927. Teaming up, they had two record deals by the fall. They recorded 14 records with a total of 40 songs but the untimely death in 1930 of Grayson in an auto accident brought a sad end to the duo.

T. Michael Coleman

T. Michael grew up in Mayodan, North Carolina playing sports and singing in church. When he was in the seventh grade at basketball practice a new music group came over the transistor radio. That group was the Beatles and this inspired him be part of a couple of combos the rest of his public school years. This awakening put him on a path that he would follow the rest of this life.

In college he developed an appreciation of folk music since he was in the vortex of Blue Ridge Mountain music at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He followed his music path a little ways down the road to Deep Gap when he began playing and touring with Doc and Merle Watson. With Doc and Merle, T. Michael toured the world and participated in many Grammy nominated and Grammy awarded recordings several of which he produced. After fifteen years, the path led T. Michael to begin performing and recording with the Seldom Scene in Washington, DC. This branched o  to Chesapeake and other music projects such as Ready For The Times with Bryan Sutton and David Holt. T. Michael also played with Johnny Cash. T. Michael rejoined Doc Watson and toured again with him till the end of Doc’s life.T. Michael also has solo recording projects in his own right.

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