Farm & Fun Time
Be part of the studio audience for Farm & Fun Time featuring music guests Merle Monroe and Nora Brown!
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m., please be seated by 6:55 p.m.)
Location: Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Farm and Fun Time hearkens back to the days of classic live radio and features today’s top traditional country, bluegrass and old-time artists. We’re proud to bring back this historic program to a new generation of listeners.
Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuring house band Bill and the Belles, Farm and Fun Time is a celebration of Appalachian music and culture with various segments jingles and featured artists.
Combining the musical styles of the Father of Bluegrass with the Okie from Muskogee is an exciting proposition. Feeling that “Bluegrass and Traditional Country music is America’s music, the stories of the common man and the sounds of the mountains,” Tim Raybon and Daniel Grindstaff formed the band Merle Monroe.
With the goal of choosing songs that relate to everyday life and go “back to the country,” they, along with bandmates Derek Deakins, Eli Johnston and Josh Doss, hope to take your mind away from today’s current distractions on their new self-titled project for Pinecastle Records. They have worked extremely hard looking for and writing songs they feel will be different, yet still reflect their heroes’ music from years past.
Nora Brown started learning uke at age 6 from the late Shlomo Pestcoe. With a focus on old time music he laid a foundation of love of music and the community it creates. He instilled in her the lesson that music is meant to be shared. Now 14 years old, Nora plays banjo and sings ballads – She plays solo and also with many of her mentors including her friend, fiddler Stephanie Coleman, as a duet under the name Little Leatherwood.
Today, Nora is being mentored by many of her favorite old-time musicians including Alice Gerrard, Lee Sexton, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Sammy Lind, Mark Simos, KC Groves, Courtney Hartman, Mac Traynham, John Haywood and Brett Ratliff. One of her most important mentors is the late John Cohen.
In June 2019 Nora was on the cover of the Banjo Newsletter Magazine and has been published in Sing Out! “Murder Ballad Monday” and more recently The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined‘s “10 Young Banjo Players You Aren’t Paying Enough Attention To”. The Bluegrass Situation said: “Little Nora Brown has a host of roots music legends pouring out of her fingertips and through her lips.”
The Tribeca Film Festival funded a short documentary by Josh Weinstein about Nora called “Little Nora (the Banjo Prodigy)”