Ted Jones And The Tarheel Boys specialize in traditional bluegrass music. The group was founded in 2004 by Smithfield, North Carolina native Ted Jones who was eighteen years old at the time. No stranger to performing, Ted began playing guitar and singing gospel music with his Mom and Dad at the early age of eight. While entertaining through the years Ted became friends with mandolin player Nelson Allen who actually gave Ted his first mandolin when he was eleven. After learning a few chords, the mandolin soon became his first choice of instruments. Upon hearing the close brother-duet harmony of Jim and Jesse McReynolds and Jesse's unique cross-picking style of mandolin playing, Ted perfected that distinct style of mandolin playing himself, forming his own group with his father Ronnie singing tenor and playing rhythm guitar. Ted and his Dad are backed up in the band by hard-driving banjo player Stan Temple, who has worked with Wilma Lee Cooper and Jimmy Martin. Stan is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and currently resides in Elm City, North Carolina. Rounding out the four piece group is Cecil Carroll on the upright bass from Cary, North Carolina.
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While at the tender age of 21 Ted has enjoyed many highlights thus far in his career, having had the pleasure to perform on stage with Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys, at the Old Rock School in Valdese, NC with George and John Shuffler, who worked with The Stanley Brothers and has the surviving Blue Sky Boy, Bill Bolick after recording one of his songs on his second album. On June 02 of this year Ted Jones And The Tarheel Boys played the prestigious Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia while taping a show for the PBS series Song Of The Mountains.
Ted has become a member of The Lighthouse Gospel Music Association in Raleigh, North Carolina and a songwriter for BMI Publishing Company in Nashville, Tennessee. Ted's albums have been placed in the library at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
In August 2005, Ted Jones And The Tarheel Boys released their first album entitled " Bluegrass Treasures" featuring a popular number, "Just Memories", written by Jones himself along with traditional and gospel bluegrass numbers. The group followed the next year with the album entitled "Top Of The Line" filled with classics and another self composition by Jones. Both albums received fine reviews in Bluegrass Unlimited. Just released in June of 2007 is their third project entitled "Trip To Paradise" which is truly a compliation of outstanding variety including an awesome mandolin instrumentation of "Never On Sunday". The band also has a gospel video and DVD recorded live at The Lighthouse Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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