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With their combination of musicians, energy and charisma, Carolina Road has become one of the most sought out bluegrass bands today.

The band has just released a brand new single on Pinecastle Records called, “True Grass Again” with special guests, Junior Sisk, Danny Paisley and Randy Graham. Preview or download the new track here:

 

 

Check out a sneak peek of what Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road are all about in this video:

 

 

To book Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, please call or email Jordan Entertainment at 919-779-5672 or email at carolinaroad@bellsouth.net.

In 2013, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road signed with Pinecastle Records and went on to release (2014) their self-titled album that reached #1 status on the Bluegrass Today charts many times over and had two national #1 bluegrass hits with “A Light in the Window Again” and “That’s Kentucky”, which was also “Song of the Year – 2015 SPBGMA. In addition to these chart topping hits, Carolina Road has had multiple songs appear in the top 10 on the bluegrass Billboard, Bluegrass Today, and Roots Music Charts throughout the past few years.
The Carolina Road band is made up of personnel with decades of experience, instrumental and vocal skill and training beyond most in the business, ensuring a show that will leave any audience wanting more.

Lorraine Jordan has been fronting Carolina Road for more than 20 years, during which time she has won two IBMA awards for Recorded Events of the Year (2009, 2011), won the 2015 SPBGMA Entertainer of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year awards, and was nominated for the 2015 Carolina Music Awards in the Bluegrass Americana category.
Lorraine is a co founder of The Daughters of Bluegrass and an original member. Their 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.” Lorraine’s charisma during her emcee work on stage gives Carolina Road a great connection with the audience. Lorraine plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony with the Carolina Road band.

Ben Greene has been with Carolina Road for more than 13 years now, following his professional start with Charlie Moore, then moving on to perform with top notch bands including The Bluegrass Cardinals, Lost & Found, David Parmley & Continental Divide, and The James King Band. In 2007, Ben recorded a banjo instrumental album titled, ON WATSON’S COVE. 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.
Ben was nominated for SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year award in 2008, 2009, and 2010, taking home the trophy in 2015. Ben plays banjo and sings bass vocals for the Carolina Road band.

Josh Goforth attended East Tennessee State University where he majored in Instrumental Music Education. He is 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, NC. He has performed with Appalachian Trail, David Holt & Laura Boosinger, Open Road and The ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band.
In 2000, 2003 and 2005 he was named the Fiddler of the Festival as the nationally acclaimed Fiddler’s Grove Competition, and ultimately awarded the title of Master Fiddler. Josh has been nominated for SPBGMA Fiddle Player of the Year. In 2009, he was a finalist for a Grammy for the album CUTTING LOOSE which he produced and recorded on with David Holt. Josh also had a small role in the 2000 film Song Catcher, was the vocal coach on set, and performed on the film’s soundtrack. Josh also co-produced Carolina Road’s Country Grass album, Country Grass. For more than 13 years, Josh has played fiddle, sang baritone and is now also the music director for the Carolina Road band.

Tommy Long grew up in Hamptonville, North Carolina, where he still resides today. He started playing with Carolina Road almost 10 years ago. 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. When Tommy joined Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road he found his new home. His outstanding voice, rhythm guitar playing and great songwriting talents are being used to their fullest.

Matt Hooper started out in classical music and grew into one of the finest bluegrass fiddler in North Carolina. He started out with the Raleigh, NC 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 plays fiddle for the Carolina Road band.

Time off the road is spent with family, and enjoying outdoor activities.

In 2015, the band followed up with the release of COUNTRY GRASS, throwing bluegrass and country classic music fans into fits of excitement. The bluegrass chart-toppers teamed with some of the biggest country artists of all-time, including John Anderson, Eddy Raven, Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, Jim Ed Brown, Lynn Anderson, The Kentucky Headhunters, T.G. Sheppard, and John Conlee, to give country classics a new, unique, bluegrass twist. In addition, joining the impressive line-up is country singers Kelly Lang and Jesse Keith Whitley, along with bluegrass favorites Marty Raybon and Ronnie Reno.
“Working on the Country Grass project was a great experience for me, and I was so thankful to have been given the opportunity to record with so many great country legends,” said a humble Lorraine Jordan. “Most of these artists helped shape my traditional roots early in my career. Combining bluegrass with the country classic artists on vocals invites a whole new fan base into my world of music. I am proud to be a part of a new transition, which we call Country Grass.”

 

 

The band currently performs their acclaimed Carolina Road stage shows as well as “Country Grass” shows by request. 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 more than 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!

Add Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road to your bluegrass festival or venue stage this year for an unforgettable show! please call or email Jordan Entertainment at 919-779-5672 or email at carolinaroad@bellsouth.net.

Lorraine Jordan is proud to endorse Gibson Mandolins, GHS Strings, Colorado Cases, CT Straps, Peterson Tuners, Blue Chip Picks, and Cedar Creek Cases.

Ben Greene is proud to endorse Hatfield Banjos.

Josh Goforth is proud to endorse Henderson Guitars, Kogut Violins, D’addario Strings, and Baggs Pickups.

Tommy Long is proud to endorse Mike Long guitars