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Tray Wellington Conquers World of Bluegrass With His Five-String Banjo
Black Voices
Tray Wellington Conquers World of Bluegrass With His Five-String BanjoA few short weeks ago the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina, were once again filled with bluegrass lovers at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass conference and festival. Banjoist and Momentum Award winner Tray Wellington was everywhere to be found during the festivities -- performing, hosting this year’s Momentum Awards luncheon, and…
Tray Wellington Conquers World of Bluegrass With His Five-String Banjo
Black VoicesAug 24, 2021

Amythyst Kiah took great pains to get Wary + Strange just right. After studying banjo and old-time music at East Tennessee State University in her twenties, she gained a reputation as an intense live performer, so much so that she was asked to join the roots supergroup Our Native Daughters, where she played alongside Rhiannon…

Tray Wellington Conquers World of Bluegrass With His Five-String Banjo
Black VoicesAug 24, 2021

Artists: Calvin Arsenia + Ramy Essam Hometowns: Kansas City, Missouri, and Mansoura, Egypt Song: "Toward the Sun أخر العتمه نور" from Folk Alliance's Artists In (Their) Residence program Release Date: August 24, 2021 In Their Words: "Ramy Essam and I met at the Folk Alliance International Conference in February of 2018 through a magical encounter…

Tray Wellington Conquers World of Bluegrass With His Five-String Banjo
Black VoicesAug 13, 2021

Artist: Aisha Badru Hometown: Orlando, Florida Song: "The Way Back Home" Album: The Way Back Home EP Release Date: December 3, 2021 Label: Nettwerk Records In Their Words: "During my early 20s, I left home, pursed my wildest dreams, traveled the world, and made decisions with my heart that allowed me to experience the fullness…

Tray Wellington Conquers World of Bluegrass With His Five-String Banjo
Black VoicesAug 11, 2021

Artist: Tré Burt featuring Kelsey Waldon Hometown: Sacramento, California Song: "Dixie Red" Album: You, Yeah, You Release Date: August 27, 2021 Label: Oh Boy Records In Their Words: "I prayed under an old oak tree in my neighborhood a lot for John Prine and his family while he was in the hospital last year. In…

Tray Wellington Conquers World of Bluegrass With His Five-String Banjo
Black VoicesAug 6, 2021

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram seemed to come out of nowhere with his 2019 Alligator Records debut Kingfish. At 20 years old, the native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, emerged as a fully-formed guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter and was quickly hailed as a defining blues voice of his generation. Since then, he’s toured the nation, performed with acts ranging…