Jeff Little Trio

  • Dates: September 29, 2018
  • Venue: Davie Street Stage
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 31 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 5:15 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Admission: Free


With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian or Americana music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception – and a remarkable one. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. Little’s involvement with fiddle tunes, old time country, and traditional blues dates to his growing up in Boone, North Carolina, where his family owned a music shop. The shop was a regular gathering place for musicians who would just stop by to pick a few tunes. At an early age, Little would regularly sit in with many of the musicians from the region, including one of America’s most influential musicians: Doc Watson. These influences helped shape Little's approach to the piano, which is based on these deep musical traditions. But there is also an echo of more contemporary mountain tradition in Little's performances. Today, the Jeff Little Trio stays busy traveling the country performing concerts with an energy and dedication to their music that is evident at every show. Performances include The Smithsonian Institution, The National Folk Festival, American Piano Masters, Merlefest, and many festivals, performing arts centers, colleges and music venues throughout the U.S. He has also taken his traditional piano style around the world on U.S. government goodwill tours, performing in Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Oman, France and Tanzania. Little has released four CDs and been featured on National Public Radio and PBS many times. In 2014, he was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. Rounding out the trio's sound are Steve Lewis (guitar, banjo) and Josh Scott (upright bass). Lewis is an award winning guitar and banjo player from Todd, NC, who is one of the most respected acoustic musicians in the country. He is well known for both his flatpicking on guitar and his mastery of the five string banjo; he has won many championships for both instruments, including at some prestigious events such as the Walnut Valley Nationals, Merlefest, the Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Renofest, and the Wayne Henderson Guitar Competition. Scott hails from Fleetwood, NC, and he has been featured on stage and in the studio with many critically acclaimed artists of acoustic and Americana music.