Carolina Tradition is a four piece acoustic bluegrass group based in Benson, NC. Each of us share an addiction level love and desire for the music and is the catalyst on how we as friends came together as a band.
We love to perform and have traveled to several different states on the east coast. We welcome and appreciate all opportunities to share our music and establish new friends along the way.
So, if you like foot stompin music, good harmonies and gospel too....give us call..we would love to hear from you....have a blessed day !
Mickey Tyson lives
in McGee's crossroads in Johnston County, NC. He started playing guitar
as a child, learning old time country from listening to the likes of
Jimmy Rodgers, Hank Williams. Later after seeing Doc Watson realized
what he wanted his guitar playing to sound like. He started the
bluegrass pursuit in 1997 and has no desire to stop. He also enjoys
woodworking and spending time with the grand-kids.
Mickey's influences include lllrd time out, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, And all of the talented folks from N.C.
grew up near Baltimore Maryland however his family roots were well
founded in Pocahontas County WV. He started playing banjo in 2004 when
his uncle, Sanford Bryant asked if he wanted to learn..he did. Tim
founded the Baltimore Bluegrass Meetup group in 2006 then handed the
group over to Arnold " BuDD " Dickens when he and his wife moved to
Benson, NC. and established the North Carolina Bluegrass Meetup Group.
Tim's love for bluegrass has been imprinted since childhood with
influences such as: The Stanley Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs, JD Crowe
and Jim Mills.
The smallest member with the biggest instrument, Mary Warren is
the “back seat driver” of the band who keeps the rhythm thumping with
the upright bass. Drawn to the sights and sounds of rural Appalachia
and mountain music at an early age, her love for bluegrass music has
continued to grow. A veteran performer. Mary has been involved with
many genres of music including country, classical, popular, gospel and
bluegrass. The Sampson County native also plays guitar and keyboards
(and a host of other instruments that will never be found in a bluegrass
band). When Mary’s not playing her Kay (not to be confused with Mary
Kay), she enjoys riding her horses, Cassie and Little Red.
Frank Graham, Newton
Grove's Best kept secret. Frank brings a level of experience to the band
that keeps everything tightly woven and fun.
Frank's Tenor voice and
Mandolin playing help round out the traditional sound that sets this
Kimberly and Kaye, the lovely wives of Tim and Mickey. Although not
officially band members, their patience and support play a vital role in
allowing us to continue each day.....thank you ladies.