Today I interviewed the very talented banjo picker, Nessie Hunt of Premier Mountain. I have filmed Hunt at several performances throughout the summer and was very excited to sit down with her to chat and film her with her little boy, Jesse. Hunt’s husband, Ronnie, is a guitar player and roof bolter at a coal mine locally. The couple bonded over their love for music and continue to play as part of Blue Rockin Grass band and Alan Johnston’s South 52.
Yesterday I spent the morning and afternoon with the very talented Alan Johnston. Alan is a bluegrass musician and a photographer living in Premiere, W.Va., just outside of Welch. I filmed Alen playing music and taking photographs in the Northfork area. He is on a mission to capture his county in photographs and has so far covered about 20 communities. Alan spoke alot about the role of faith and God in his upbringing and says that “home is where the heart is” and McDowell County is where his heart is.
McDowell County native, Stacy Grubb, needs your help in recording her next album. Grubb is using Kickstarter to raise $15,000 in the next 59 days. She released her debut independent record, Hurricane, in April of 2009. Two singles from that project were officially released in Europe and Australia, both of which charted on several country charts and received good radio play.
“The recording and promotion of Hurricane have been 100% self-funded. My sound is generally described as too bluegrass for country and too country for bluegrass. On the bright side, there is a wonderful audience for my kind of music. Ironically, however, there is not much label support for it. Your contribution will help cover the cost of studio rental, the producer, photography and artwork related to the project, travel expenses, and mastering, pressing, and promotion of the project.”
Part of the project will be devoted to supporting music and arts within McDowell County. I came across the great band “South 52” who’s musical style is perfect for the stories coming from this county. Check out their music on MySpace and their Facebook page.