In the current state of Country music, you rarely hear the fiddle or the mandolin being played in songs. These instruments were both once a cornerstone in Nashville and Bluegrass band Dewey and Leslie Brown and the Carolina Gentlemen are hoping to restore that authentic sound through their own music.
The band’s bluegrass roots run deep as vocalist/fiddle player Dewey, played fiddle for famous artist Ralph Stanley for eleven years. His fiddle playing can be heard on many Grammy nominated albums with artists such as Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, and Josh Turner. Dewey’s wife and lead vocalist Leslie grew up in the middle of Bluegrass country as a coal miner’s daughter. The mountains are something that Leslie holds very close to her heart and much of what they sing has lots of mountain and coal mining influence. The two have been married since 2007 and reside in Burlington, North Carolina where they host DeweyFest and GospelFest, both held on their 52-acre farm.
The group just released their new single, Those Old Mountains. This song tells Leslie’s story of growing up in the Appalachian Mountains in coal country. The authentic and traditional sound in not only this song, but in their recently released album Under the Mountain. Bands like this help remind many that Bluegrass music is true Americana and needs to be kept alive for generations to come.