Dewey & Leslie Brown & The Carolina Gentlemen
- Dates: September 29, 2018
- Venue: Davie Street Stage
- Location: Downtown Raleigh
- Address: 31 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
- Times: 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM
- Admission: Free
Dewey & Leslie Brown & The Carolina Gentlemen features the talents of Dewey Brown (fiddle, vocals), who played fiddle for more than a decade with Dr. Ralph Stanley; Leslie Brown (lead vocals, bass), a coal miner's daughter from the coal mining town of Vansant, Virginia; Tim Spence (guitar), who grew up listening and learning to play old time bluegrass music in Coalwood, WV; Brandon Henson (banjo), whose hard driving banjo style has been honed over more than two decades on the instrument; and Kendall Gales (mandolin) of North Carolina. They recently released their debut album, Under the Mountain, earlier this year. Dewey and Leslie have been married since 2007. They reside in Burlington, North Carolina and have 2 children, Savannah Belle (7) and Dewey IV (4). They currently own a performing arts theater, The Liberty Showcase Theater, located in Liberty, NC. They also have two festivals each year, DeweyFest and GospelFest, held on their 52-acre farm in Burlington.
Dewey played fiddle as a Clinch Mountain Boy for Dr. Ralph Stanley for 11 years, until Dr. Stanley's death in 2016. He is an accomplished fiddle player who started his career playing with the band Blue Ridge while he was still in high school. Since high school, Dewey has played with artists such as Honi Denton, Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen and on occasion, IIIrd Tyme Out. Dewey started playing the fiddle at age 9 while watching his father play the bass with friends. A friend named Scott Greason showed Dewey the first basics on the fiddle, and after some informal lessons with Scott, Dewey was introduced to well-known fiddler J.B. Prince, with whom he studied with for 11 years. In 1999 at the age of 17, Dewey won first place at the Old Time Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, VA. In addition to his phenomenal fiddle playing, Dewey owns and manages a music store, Dewey Brown's Music and Lessons, where he gives lessons and sells instruments. Dewey has two albums out on his own DewBug label: Traditional Fiddle (featuring Dewey along with Ralph and The Clinch Mountain Boys - Ralph sings "Cotton Eyed Joe" on the project) and Hard Times for a Fiddler. Dewey has recorded on Grammy nominated albums with artists such as Josh Turner, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack and many more. He has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry many times and played for The Queen of England, as well as appearing on the Dave Letterman Show, at Carnegie Hall, and many more prestigious venues and events, but he is as humble as they come.
Leslie Brown was raised in the Appalachian Mountains, in the coal mining town of Vansant, Virginia. She was raised by her grandparents, and bluegrass music has always been a mainstay in her household. Her pappaw, Virgle Vandyke, was in a family band, so she has mountain music in her blood. At the young age of 7, Leslie began clogging at local bluegrass festivals, and soon after, she joined a square dancing group and traveled the east, becoming a well known clogger in the bluegrass world. Her upbringing in the Appalachian Mountains plays a major role in her songwriting, playing and singing. Most of the material performed is written by Leslie. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has been a nurse for 14 years.
Spence's dad began to teach him to play both the guitar and banjo when he was just 7 years old. His musical influences are Clarence White, George Shuffler, and Ralph Stanley, among many other greats. He has played with Oak Grove String Band, Bluegrass Tradition, and has filled in for various bands including Dr. Ralph Stanley. Tim now resides in Kings Mountain, NC, with his wife Jessica and works on the railroad. Henson was born and raised in Canton, NC, and now lives in Charlotte. He has been playing music for 30 years; he started on guitar around 1988 and began playing banjo in 1995. His hard driving banjo style is influenced by Earl Scruggs, Sonny Osborne and J.D. Crowe. Henson is a registered professional mechanical engineer. Gales resides in Liberty, NC with his wife, Erica.