Bluegrass at the Rock Presents: Dewey & Leslie Brown with The Carolina Gentlemen opening for Nu Blu
Dewey played fiddle as a Clinch Mountain Boy for Dr. Ralph Stanley for 11 years, until Dr. Stanley's death in 2016. He is an accomplished fiddle player who, while still in high school started his career playing with the band Blue Ridge. Since high s school, Dewey has played with artists such as Honi Denton, Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen and on occasion, IIIrd Time Out. Dewey started playing the fiddle at age 9 while watching his father play the bass with friends. A friend named Scott Greason, showed Dewey the first basics on the fiddle and after a while of informal lessons with Scott, Dewey was introduced to well-known fiddler J.B. Prince. He studied with J.B. over a span of eleven years. In 1999 at the age of 17, Dewey won first place at the Old Time Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, VA. In addition to his phenomenal fiddle playing, Dewey owns and manages a music store, Dewey Brown's Music and Lessons, where he gives lessons and sells instruments.
Dewey has 2 albums out on his own DewBug label titled "Traditional Fiddle" which features Dewey along with Ralph and The Clinch Mountain Boys. Ralph sings "Cotton Eyed Joe" on the project; and "Hard Times for a Fiddler". Dewey has recorded on Grammy nominated albums with artists such as Josh Turner, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack and many more. He has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry many times, played for The Queen of England, Dave Letterman Show, Carnegie Hall and many more prestigious venues and events but is as humble as they come.
Leslie Vandyke Brown: Lead Vocals/Bass
Leslie was raised in the Appalachian Mountains, in the coal mining town of Vansant, Virginia. She was raised by her grandparents and bluegrass music has always been a mainstay in her household. Her pappaw, Virgle Vandyke, was in a family band so she definitely has mountain music in her blood. At the young age of 7yrs old, Leslie began clogging at local bluegrass festivals, shortly after she joined a square dancing group and traveled the east becoming a well known
clogger in the bluegrass world. She has a Bachelor of Science
in Nursing and has been a nurse for 14 years. Her upbringing in the Appalachian Mountains plays a major role in her song writing, playing and singing... she is the most authentic mountain girl you will ever meet and is an authentic Coal Miners Daughter, as well! Most of the material performed is written by Leslie. Dewey and Leslie Brown have been married since 2007. They reside in Burlington, NC and have 2 children, Savannah Belle (7) and Dewey IV (4). They currently own a performing arts theater, The Liberty Showcase Theater, located in Liberty, North Carolina. They also have 2 festivals each year, DeweyFest and GospelFest, held on their 52 acre farm in Burlington.
Nu-Blu, based in Siler City in central North Carolina, is comprised of Carolyn, who handles bass and vocals; TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo; Clint White, on mandolin and fiddle; and Daniel, who is the band’s Renaissance Man – guitarist, singer, manager, and tour coordinator, among many other roles. The group brings its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass music to audiences across the nation year-round. Their sound acknowledges the traditional institutions that have shaped it, yet is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music that lands them squarely in the forefront of bands blazing the trail in acoustic entertainment. Influences range from the sounds of original bluegrass pioneers like Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and Lester Flatt to rock bands of the 1980’s, and modern contemporary sounds such as Alison Krauss and Union Station. Carolyn’s soprano vocal approach might be described as similar to Ms. Krauss, except she carries a phrasing and emotional elegance that shows a clear originality. Daniel and Levi provide inventive singing to fill out the vocal sound, while all four members present instrumental prowess to impress.
Nu-Blu started back in September 2003 after Carolyn and Daniel, who had played for years in different genres both separately and together, decided to devote their efforts to forming Nu-Blu. Despite challenges that included numerous personnel changes, the folding of their original record label, and even a stroke that left Carolyn unable to speak or move her right side, the Rouths were determined to make Nu-Blu a full-time vehicle for them to bring music to their fans. With the addition of Levi in 2007 and Austin in 2011, the magical sound of Nu-Blu was complete, and as the group continues to build a national fan base, audiences are listening. The band is finding itself more and more at home on the radio charts, most recently with the evocative “Jesus and Jones.” The stage is now set for the group to continue its chart trend with the songs from All The Way.
What’s ahead for Nu-Blu? Plenty, you may believe that. Every year, the band logs more miles on the road than the year before, plays more shows than the year before, sleeps more nights on the bus than the year before. But for Daniel, Carolyn, TJ and Clint, it’s not a chore, it’s a way of life. It’s not slogging from one venue to the next, it’s another opportunity to touch their audiences’ lives with music, that great universal bond which closes the gaps of humanity and brings lightness to hearts, smiles to faces and redemption to souls.
“If we can touch somebody on a deep level,” says Daniel Routh, “and create a moment for them that they always will remember and entertains them, that’s gold. If we can say to someone,‘Hey, check this out. If you like this, you’re probably going to like bluegrass!" Really that’s why we’re here.”