Ted Jones & the Tarheel Boys
Ted Jones And The Tarheel Boys specialize in traditional bluegrass and gospel music. The group was founded in 2004 by Johnston County native Ted Jones who was eighteen years old at the time. No stranger to performing, Ted began playing guitar and singing gospel music with his Mom and Dad at the early age of eight in a bluegrass gospel band called True Gospel. While entertaining through the years, Ted became friends with mandolin player Nelson Allen who actually gave Ted his first mandolin when he was eleven. After learning a few chords, the mandolin soon became his first instrument of choice. Upon hearing the close brother-duet harmony of Jim and Jesse McReynolds and Jesse's unique cross-picking style of mandolin playing, Ted perfected that distinct style of mandolin playing himself, forming his own group with his father Ronnie singing tenor and playing rhythm guitar. Since the bands formation, the band has undergone several changes in members. The current line-up is hard driving banjo player Lee Flood from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Paul Winstead also from Rocky Mount on the upright bass.
While at the tender age of 28 Ted has enjoyed many highlights thus far in his career, having had the pleasure to perform on stage with Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys, at the Old Rock School in Valdese, NC with George and John Shuffler, who worked with The Stanley Brothers, met Bill Bolick of the Blue Sky Boys, and played his 1929 Martin Mandolin used on the famous recordings on the Bluebird Record Label and has also performed with Texas Honky Tonk artist, Dale Watson and the Lonestars. On June 2007, Ted Jones And The Tarheel Boys played the prestigious Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia while taping a show for the PBS series Song Of The Mountains. Ted is a songwriter for BMI Publishing Company in Nashville, Tennessee. Ted's albums have been placed in the library at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
In August 2005, Ted Jones And The Tarheel Boys released their first album entitled, Bluegrass Treasures" featuring a popular number, "Just Memories", written by Jones himself along with traditional and gospel bluegrass numbers. The group followed the next year with the album entitled "Top Of The Line" filled with classics and another self-composition by Jones. Both albums received fine reviews in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Just released in June of 2007 they released their third album entitled "Trip To Paradise" which is truly a compilation of outstanding variety including an awesome mandolin instrumentation of "Never On Sunday". In recent years, Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys have released two albums entitled "A Place in Time" and a great all bluegrass gospel album entitled "Back To The Cross." The band is currently working on yet again another great album stated to be released in April of 2015!
Recently in 2015, Ted was inducted and became a member of the R.O.P.E. (Reunion of Professional Entertainers) organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.
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