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 grew up with music early in his life. He lives at 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, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams. After seeing Doc Watson he was hooked on Bluegrass. He started the bluegrass pursuit in 1987 and has no desire to stop. He plays a couple good Martins, A Golden Era D18 and a D28 Marquis. Mickey loves the bluegrass community and the friendships it has created.
Mickey's influences include lllrd time out, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, And all of the talented folks from N.C.
Tim grew up near Baltimore, Maryland
however his family roots were well founded in Pocahontas County WV. He started playing in 2004 when his Uncle Sanford Bryant, an established banjo player in Maryland, handed him an old gibson and said, " if it goes under the bed then you have to return it." That banjo has been played every day since. Tim retired as a K9 officer from the Baltimore area then relocated in Benson NC in 2007. Shortly thereafter he founded and established the Carolina Tradition Bluerass Band. His current business requires him to travel to many different countries. His banjo in hand he has played and met many musicians overseas and abroad.
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 band apart.
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.