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Blue Ridge Music Trails Regional Meeting

The Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Historic Earle Theatre is proud to host a regional meeting for the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina on Tuesday, April 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.  The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina is a program established by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and the North Carolina Arts Council.   The project connects counties in western North Carolina,... read more

Tommy Jarrell

Tommy Jarrell Tommy Jarrell (March 1, 1901 – January 28, 1985) Photo credit: David Holt   Thomas Jefferson “Tommy” Jarrell was born on March 1, 1901, in the Round Peak section of Surry County. When Tommy was seven years old, he began learning the banjo from Baugie Cockerham, and when he was thirteen, he began playing his father’s fiddle. Like his father, Ben Jarrell, who was a member of Da... read more

Fred Cockerham

Fred Cockerham   Fred Cockerham (November 3, 1905 – July 8, 1980) Photo credit: David Holt   Born on November 3, 1905, Fred Cockerham was raised in the Lowgap community of Surry County and later lived in Belews Creek near the Stokes-Rockingham County line. Fred probably started play­ing the banjo around 1912, and was heavily influenced by Charlie Lowe, who also influenced Tommy Jarrell’s... read more

Paul Sutphin

Paul Sutphin Paul Sutphin (October 1, 1918 – August 26, 2003) Photo credit: Bill Bamberger   Paul Elbert Sutphin was born on October 1, 1918, in the Round Peak section of Surry County. Paul was helped early on with his guitar playing by his sister, Helen, a neighbor, Ella Snow, and also Oscar Jarrell. His guitar playing style was very powerful, and he used a thumb pick and a finger pick to play in... read more

Earnest East

Earnest East Earnest East (July 8, 1916 – January 8, 2000) Photo credit: Rob Amberg   Fiddle and banjo player Earnest E. East was born in Surry County on July 8, 1916. Like Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham, Earnest spent a good deal of time at Charlie Lowe’s house and developed much of his musical talent there. Earnest raised tobacco and also worked at Spencer’s Apparel and Clothing in Mount Airy.... read more

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