Although titled for senior citizens, the concert is open and free for anyone to attend, regardless of age.
Headlining group Carolina Road is based out of Garner, N.C., home of the “American Idol,” according to Jordan.
“Scott McCleery,” Jordan said. “When Scott was on we were all on the Internet and phones calling in. The whole town got involved.”
Jordan has been fronting Carolina Road for over a decade and has seven national recordings to her credit. She won IBMA Recorded Event of the Year in 2006 and 2009 as the pioneer of the Daughters of Bluegrass. Jordan has also been the featured artist on syndicated radio, Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, and Bluegrass Music Profiles magazine.
“We play traditional bluegrass,” Jordan said. “We travel nationwide, in fact we just got back from Hawaii. I’ve been all over the United States and to 11 countries playing bluegrass music. I’ve been doing it full-time for 12 years now.”
Jordan said her family wasn’t musically inclined, but being raised in eastern North Carolina there was a lot of bluegrass music being played.
“I started out playing the bass and then moved over to the mandolin,” Jordan said. “I play mandolin in the band and sing lead in the center.”
Being exposed to a variety of bluegrass performer while growing up, Jordan said her biggest influence was Bill Monroe.
“He being a mandolin player and I like to do that,” Jordan said. “We’ve actually got a couple of songs out right now about Bill Monroe. I play his style mandolin.”
Jordan said one of the biggest things for the band right now has been the trip to Hawaii.
“We were one of the first bluegrass bands to play in Hawaii,” Jordan said. “And we play every year on a bluegrass cruise. Everybody gets on a big ship and play music. It’s a lot of fun. We’ll have information about the cruise at the show.”
Along with information about the cruise, CDs by Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road will also be available.
Jordan has been a finalist in the IBMA Songwriting Showcase and was the 1st runner-up in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest. She has been a finalist for SPBGMA Entertainer of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist. Jordam is a co-founder for the formation of the Daughters of Bluegrass, whose “Back To The Well” album won the IBMA Recorded Event in 2006, and she was part of the Daughter’s latest album, “Bluegrass Bouquet” also a 2009 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year winner for the song “Proud to be a Daughter.” She has a daughter who is in the bluegrass program at East Tennessee State University.
About Carolina Road — Carolina Road is on Rural Rhythm Records, a national music label. The band features Tommy Long, Lorraine Jordan, Josh Goforth, Eddie Biggerstaff, Ben Greene and Ray Edwards.
Danny Stanley and The Bluegrass Gentlemen — Two members of the band, Danny Stanley of Loris, S.C., and Tom Langdon of Garner, N.C., were recent members of bluegrass gospel group Carolina Sonshine.
Again, the 6th Annual Senior Citizen Bluegrass Night will be held Saturday, August 13, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Coalfield Jamboree. The event is free to anyone wanting to attend.