Pinecastle recording artists Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have a distinct sound and charismatic stage show, which sets them apart from many traditional bluegrass bands. Affectionately known as the “Lady of Tradition” in bluegrass, Lorraine has fronted Carolina Road for over 15 years. The band’s distinct sound and old time flair can be attributed to the bluegrass-rich area of North Carolina from which they hail and borrow their name. As the founding member and band leader for Carolina Road, Lorraine Jordan’s showmanship and chemistry with the audience makes the group one of the most popular bands among bluegrass fans today. The band has a large following and a fan club of 600 active members. They have partnered with Southern Travel of Raleigh, NC, and already have a tour bus of fans headed to 6 of their show dates this year.
Hard work has paid off for this dynamic bluegrass band, earning them over 100 performances each year throughout North America at more than 60 major festivals. Carolina Road plays worldwide and headlines a National Bluegrass festival, Christmas in the Smokies. They have hosted the Canadian Bluegrass Awards, toured Europe, and played 15 bluegrass cruises. Carolina Road’s performance is a traditional sound with a fresh approach, which includes invigorating instrumentals, smooth blending vocals, and all the energy that you can stand!
Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road are just coming off of having two national #1 bluegrass hits with “A Light in the Window Again” and “That’s Kentucky”, which was “Song of the Year – 2015 SPBGMA.” Their newest release, Country Grass, has a stellar line-up. This project was recorded at Skaggs’ Place Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee and Eastwood Studio in Cana, Virginia. The project includes 11 country and bluegrass legends: Lee Greenwood, John Conlee, Jim Ed Brown, The Kentucky Headhunters, T.G. Sheppard, Lynn Anderson, Eddy Raven, Crystal Gayle, Marty Raybon, Jesse Keith Whitley, and Ronnie Reno.
Lorraine Jordan has won two IBMA Recorded Events of the Year Awards, 2009 and 2011. She just won SPBGMA’s 2015 Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and is a finalist for the 2015 Carolina Music Awards in the Bluegrass Americana category.
Carolina Road has some of the top musicians in the industry including Ben Greene (banjo), Josh Goforth (fiddle), and Jason Moore (bass). Ben Greene is SPBGMA’s 2015 Banjo Player of the Year and has two banjo cd projects receiving national radio airplay. Josh Goforth, multi-instrumentalist, was a 2009 finalist for a Grammy Award for a project he produced and recorded on, titled “Cuttin Loose.” Tommy Long, who sings lead vocals on both of Carolina Road’s # 1 hits, has a great cross-over voice for the Country Grass sound . Jason Moore plays an upright bass with the drive and timing that brings their hard-driving music together. Brad Hudson on dobro has a great lead voice for any type of music, and like Josh, is a multi-instrumentalist. With this combination of musicians, the energy and charisma, Carolina Road is one of the most sought out bands today.
Mandolin / Lead and Tenor Vocals
Carolina Road Musician
Affectionately known as the “Lady of Tradition” in the bluegrass community, Lorraine Jordan grew up around bluegrass music on the coast of North Carolina. She now resides in Garner, just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. She has performed bluegrass music for over twenty years and formed Carolina Road in 1998. She continues to be the driving force behind Carolina Road’s popularity and longevity as a consummate performer, songwriter, emcee and show organizer. She has been a finalist in the IBMA Songwriting Showcase and was the 1st runner-up in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest twice.
Lorraine received the SPBGMA “Entertainer of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist” in 2015. Lorraine 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.” In her spare time she enjoys riding her Honda motorcycle and playing with her two Maltese – JD and Polly. Lorraine is proud to endorse Gibson Mandolins, GHS Strings, Colorado Cases, CT Straps, Peterson Tuners, Blue Chip Picks, and Cedar Creek Cases.
Banjo / Bass Vocals
Carolina Road Musician
Ben Greene received SPBGMA “Banjo Player of the Year” in 2015. Ben grew up in banjo country in the piedmont of North Carolina. He resides in Monroe, North Carolina. He has been a member of Carolina Road for ten years. He began his music career in 1973 playing with the late Charlie Moore. Between 1973 and 1979 during his tenure with Charlie, Ben recorded six albums. He played electric guitar with country and dance bands until 1995. Ben played electric bass with the Bluegrass Cardinals, banjo with Lost & Found, David Parmley & Continental Divide and The James King Band. Ben has performed in every state, plus seventeen foreign countries. He was a nominee for SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year award in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2007, Ben recorded a banjo instrumental album titled, “On Watson’s Cove.” Recently, in 2010, Ben recorded his newest album titled “Banjo Sideman” on Blue Circle Records. This project includes a vocal song from each band that he has previously been a member of. In his spare time he loves to go fishing with friends and family. Ben is proud to endorse GHS Strings, Hatfield Banjos.
Fiddle/Baritone Vocals/Road Manager
Carolina Road Musician
Josh is a Madison County native and resides in Asheville, North Carolina. He has been a member and road manager of Carolina Road for fifteen years. Josh attended East Tennessee State University where he majored in Instrumental Music Education. He is very active in the world renowned bluegrass and country music program at ETSU and also mentors upcoming fiddle players through residencies with universities including Colorado College, University of Georgia and University of Kentucky. He teaches with the City of Asheville, North Carolina. He has performed with Appalachian Trail, David Holt & Laura Boosinger, Open Road and The ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. He has also performed in 13 foreign countries and throughout the United States. In 2000, 2003 and 2005 he was named the Fiddler of the Festival as the nationally acclaimed Fiddler’s Grove Competition, and awarded the title of Master Fiddler after winning the coveted position three times. Josh has been a finalist for SPBGMA Fiddle Player of the Year. In 2009, he was nominated for a Grammy for the album Cutting Loose which he produced and recorded on with David Holt. Josh also showed off his acting chops in the 2000 film Song Catcher where he was given a small role, was the vocal coach on set, and performed on the film’s soundtrack. Josh is a successful producer and coproduced Carolina Road’s latest cd. Josh enjoys teaching folklore and sharing his talents with others. Josh is proud to endorse Henderson Guitars, Kogut Violins, D’addario Strings, and Baggs Pickups.
Guitar & Lead Vocals
Tommy grew up in Hamptonville, North Carolina, where he still resides today. He started playing with Carolina Road in 2010. He began his musical career at the age of 8 playing drums in his step-father’s country music band. In 1982, he formed the band Dixie Creek Revival. Tommy’s great lead vocals and driving rhythm guitar playing helped propel the band to win the “Horizon Award” in 1992. In 1995, Tommy left Dixie Creek Revival to help form the Long and Pardue Band. In 1997, this award-winning band claimed the title of Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Champion in Denton, NC and finished 2nd in the nation at the Pizza Hut Bluegrass Showdown. The band followed with performances at SPBGMA and IBMA leading to the signing of a contract with Pinecastle Records. In 2009, he joined Ray Edwards and Hard Rock Mountain, working primarily in the North Carolina area. In 2010, the group performed as honorary Sunny Mountain Boys, working various festivals with Jimmy Martin Jr. Tommy joined Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road in the fall of 2010 and has found a home. His outstanding voice, rhythm guitar playing and great songwriting talents are being used to their fullest. Tommy’s the proud father of son Jayce, daughter Casey and is elated with the birth of his first grandchild; baby Lucas, the son of Jayce and Sarah Long. Tommy is proud to endorse GHS Strings, Blue Chip Picks, and Mike Long Guitars.
Fiddle & Tech Man
Carolina Road Musician
After starting out in classical music, Matt Hooper grew into one of the finest bluegrass fiddler in North Carolina. He started out with the Raleigh, NC based Kickin’ Grass Band and from there toured with Don Rigsby. You will see him generously lending his talents to other groups as needed and his fiddle can be heard on many albums from all styles of music. When not performing, his focus is on fiddle and mandolin instruction.
Matt lives in Broadway, North Carolina and is the tech man for Carolina Road.
Jeff lives in Charlotte, NC and is the bus driver for the band.
He has driven for Carolina Road Band for 6 years. Jeff is a certified Driver Education teacher and has mechanic skills. You might find Jeff at the sales table. He’s very friendly to our fans.
A former professional DJ and Emcee, Royce is a natural, emceeing Carolina Road events and festivals including Christmas in the Smokies, Cherokee, Remington Ryde Bluerass Festival and the First Quality Bluegrass Cruise. Royce also can be found speaking at numerous engagements when he’s not on the road with the band
Country Grass Guest Musicians
Bass Guitar, Country Grass Band Extra
Alan started his musical career at the age of 12 playing on a local TV show before school. This as well as playing for neighborhood parties led to forming the band Shotgun Spark in High School. After High School Shotgun Spark hit the road becoming an East Coast favorite. Eventually releasing a single record shortly before breaking up.
In 1978 Alan once again hit the road playing bass with the larger than life country icon David Allan Coe. After touring for an almost constant two years and recording three albums on Columbia Records Alan returned home to North Carolina to a spot with the Super Grit Cowboy Band. Dubbed by New York City’s Village Voice as the South’s Hottest Honky Tonkers Super Grit recorded four albums scoring five singles on Billboards Top 100. Most notably “She Is the Woman That Brings out the Man in Me” that topped out at Number 32. After 10 years of touring the United States and Canada Alan took time off to raise a daughter. During this time he played locally with the exception of three trips to Southeast Asia playing Christian music as a Missionary.
These days Alan has found a home as the bass player for Lorraine Jordon and Carolina Road’s “Country Grass” project. When not touring with Lorraine he finds time to do some shows with bluesman Bill Lyerly.
Country Grass Band Extra
Joe Pessolano plays resophonic guitar with the band. He was born in Lancaster, PA and was exposed to traditional bluegrass and country music at a very early age. He started playing guitar at age 11 and continued to learn new instruments throughout his teenage years. He took interest in banjo, mandolin, bass and resophonic guitar. He traveled to many fiddler’s picnics, bluegrass jams and bluegrass concerts with his mom and dad and they encouraged him to learn how to play. Some of the first concerts Joe attended were to see artists like Jimmy Martin, Larry Sparks, Jim & Jesse, Ralph Stanley and many others. Joe first played in his own group at age 13, “Little Joe and the Blue Mountain Boys”. His love of music continued to grow while he lived in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where bluegrass was and is still alive and well. Over the years he was played with regional and national bands that include Five of a Kind, Cooter’s Garage Band featuring Ben Jones, Damascus Ridge, Steady Drive and has performed with many others as a guest performer. Joe lives in Angier, NC. In 2015, Joe’s band, Steady Drive, took first place in the Got to be NC Bluegrass Band competition at the NC State Fairgrounds and he has continued to help and push this band forward ever since. We are pleased to have Joe play with Carolina Road for our Country Grass shows.