The Littles

Luke Little, Jeff Little and Jerrell Little will perform at the Jones House in Boone for two special shows.

BOONE — Piano man of the Blue Ridge, Jeff Little, will present two special indoor performances at the Jones House on Saturday, Dec. 15, along with his father, Jerrell Little, and son, Luke.

The special “Little Family” concerts will conclude the fall series of indoor concerts at the Jones House with shows at both 4 and 7:30 p.m.

Little grew up in Boone and has played across the country and on numerous recordings. Little’s distinctive style was heavily influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition, and is known for his renditions of famous fiddle tunes set to the piano keys with speed, precision and clarity.

Little’s father, Jerrell Little, a native of Ashe County, is a talented musician and performer with a range of versatility, playing the tenor banjo, guitar, piano, organ, bass and drums. Jerrell Little began his music career in the 1950s, forming a dance band at the age of 15. The group, Jerrell Little and the Quarter Notes, performed throughout the Carolinas and Virginia, and they released two successful singles.

Jerrell Little had his first radio show by the time he was 20. In the 1960s, he opened a music store in downtown Boone. Jerrell’s longtime friend, late flat-picker legend Doc Watson, frequently stopped by and the store became a hub for local pickers.

With frequent jam sessions in the shop, Jeff Little would sit in with pickers like Doc Watson and Wayne Henderson, influencing and shaping Jeff’s approach to the piano and his repertoire at a young age. Jeff Little started sitting in with Doc on stages, and eventually formed The Jeff Little Trio.

Jeff Little has since performed at the Smithsonian Institution, The National Folk Festival, American Piano Masters, Merlefest, on National Public Radio and PBS and internationally via the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 2014, Jeff was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.

Jeff’s son, Luke, is quickly becoming an outstanding mandolin player. He started playing mandolin at age 15, and in less than four years has won numerous contest ribbons, including first place in the 2018 Ashe County Fiddlers Convention. Luke Little frequently sits in with the Jeff Little Trio, including guest spots at the annual Doc Watson Day Celebration.

The special Little Family concerts will include all three generations of Little musicians, playing tunes and sharing stories. Special concerts have limited seating and advanced reservations is highly recommended. The concerts will take place in the Mazie Jones Gallery of the Jones House in downtown Boone, right across the street from where the Little music store was located. Seats for the concerts will be $20 each.

To make reservations for either the 4 or 7:30 p.m. seatings, please call 828-268-6280 or email Mark Freed at mark.freed@townofboone.net.

More information can be found at the Jones House website at www.joneshouse.org.

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