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"The Bluegrass Girls" Have Arrived
"The Bluegrass Girls" Plus One. This picture was taken in Rosine, Kentucky by Becky Johnson. Known in the Bluegrass world as Mrs. Bluegrass. A very sweet lady we met while there June 24-27. The Bluegrass Girls present are: L to R. Mary Ruth Stamey (guitar) Mona Jo Griffin on Banjo and vocals Bruce Jones Vocals and Mandolin Julie Nelms on Fiddle and Willma Millsaps on Bass. In front, Carolina Rose vocals and guitar. The picture is courtesy of: The picture is copywrited 2010 Becky Johnson All Rights Reserved.
Now avaiable through all book stores. The short story of my life and of my brother AL Jones. "The Road From Gloria Jean To Carolina Rose"
Jerusalem Ridge Festival September 27, thru October 2nd.2011 in Rosine, Kentucky at the boyhood homeplace of Bill and Charlie Monroe. Come out and meet Carolina Rose and The Bluegrass Girls and Friends, and have your picture made with them.
This picture was taken onstage at the Sabal Palms Festival in Palmdale, FL. with The Stagecoach Bluegrass Band . Donna and I enjoyed working with them very much and look forward to playing a lot more shows with them in the near future.On Guitar is Robert Feathers, Bass is Charlie Basford, Dobro is Travis Perry, Mandolin is Mark Horn. This is one great group of entertainers.
These photos were taken at the Sabal Palms Festival in Palmdale, Florida March 6, 2009. This was such a wonderful time for us. It was especially exciting because I had the pleasure of meeting Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike. I have seen ads about her for such a long time and I was very honored to spend some time with her. I found her to be such a very sweet and very talented young woman. I look forward to the next time we meet. She played on the same show we did. We really had a very good band to work with us. There was an audio cd made of our shows. If anyone wants to order one you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; They are $20.00 each. That includes shipping and handling charges. Or you can call 704-438-1177 or for information.
This picture was taken at The Sabal Palms Festival in Palmdale, Florida. A very rare picture since Carolina Rose is known for her red hat. She never takes a picture without it on. So that tells how much she likes Valerie Smith.
Carolina Rose and Valerie Smith
Charlie and Ginny Basford surprised Carolina Rose with a surprise birthday party. Marking her 66th. birthday. Not one cake but two delicious cakes. Thanks Charlie and Ginny. I'll always remember you for this.
Carolina Rose at The Sabal Palms Festival in Palmdale, FL.
Donna Spivey at The Sabel Palms Festival in Palmdale, FL.
Carolina Rose and Robert Feathers (Guitar)
Carolina Rose, Charlie Basford (Bass) and promoter, and Donna Spivey
Evan Carl (MC), Carolina, Charlie, Donna
Dan Nelson (Banjo),Donna, Carolina, Robert
Getting ready to go onstage
Carolina and Donna
Welcome to our home.
This site I dedicate to my loving brother AL Jones. I never knew who my real Father was until 2002 and during the search for him, I learned I had a brother. I found AL or let me say Roni Stoneman found him for me. I shared a home with Roni Stoneman in Nashville, TN, and after learning who my biological Father was, Roni Stoneman's sister Pasty's husband Murf passed away. Roni's brother Gene Stoneman was at the funeral service and said to Roni that she needed to play some music with AL Jones. He then told us who AL's Father was. We were shocked since we had heard earlier I had another brother but no one knew his name; only that he existed. Roni tracked him down and went with me to meet him. She introduced me to my brother AL Jones whom I love dearly. Roni Stoneman, I love you for this and will always appreciate you for finding him for me. So to the Legendary First Lady of Banjo, THANK YOU RONI
Carolina Rose and AL Jones
This photo was taken in Rosine, KY., at the Jerusalem Ridge Festival at the Monroe Family Homeplace.
Direct from Nashville
The Bluegrass Express
Carolina Rose comes from Norwood NC, a small town in Stanly County located in eastern North Carolina, forty miles east of Charlotte. As a young girl, she would sit on the front porch for hours, singing along with the jukebox at the Deluxe Grill which was next door to her home. At the age of seven her idol was Kitty Wells. The first song she learned was Making Believe. Since that time her interest in Traditional Country and Bluegrass Music has continued to grow and be influenced by such greats as Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Martha Carson and most recently by Stacy York. She became more interested in Bluegrass Music when she met and performed on shows with James Monroe and Joe Isaacs.
For the many years she has been performing at benefits and clubs in the Charlotte NC, Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Nashville, TN.
Upon moving to Nashville, Carolina Rose had the pleasure of meeting two very special ladies. First being Martha Carson, the "First Lady of Gospel Music". They became friends and Carolina Rose started appearing on Ms Carson's shows, including a show on The Midnight Jamboree at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop. She next met Roni Stoneman, part of the legendary "Stoneman Family" and regular on the long running television show Hee Haw. They became friends and she now occasionally appears with Roni Stoneman and Hillbilly Fever.
Carolina Rose recently released her third album titled "Breaking Out", which is said by many to be her best yet. It was produced by Joe Isaacs who did a wonderful job. Joe also played and sang on the album, along with Stacy York.
In February, 2005, Carolina Rose and AL Jones and Frank Necessary started combining their shows and are traveling together when possible. They enjoy playing music together and just being together. They played the Jerusalem Ridge Festival in Rosine, KY. at the Monroe Farm. They appear on the Cumberland Highlanders TV Show on satalite. On Dish channel 9409 and Direct TV 379. The show is hosted by Campbell Mercer and comes from the Monroe Farm in Rosine, KY.
Comments from Roni Stoneman:
First of all, let me say this: Carolina Rose is my friend. Being from a very old musical family, honesty comes first about who plays the very best of music or who makes the best CD. In our family, "The Stoneman Family", Pop Stoneman taught us never to lie about someones music or singing. If it is bad, be honest and tell them and try to help them if you can.
When my friend Carolina Rose gave me her new CD, "Breaking Out", I thought to myself, oh boy, here we go again. The last time I was with her, she sang "In The Pines". Then I knew where her talent lies. I walked over to her and said, "That was great. Stick to singing bluegrass songs because that is where your talent lies. You have the right voice for Bluegrass."
When I heard her new CD, I was so very proud for her and of her. I LOVE IT !!! The producer is none other than Joe Isaacs, my hero on the banjo, and what a gentleman! Joe, you outdid yourself. Congratulations on one of the finest albums I have ever heard!