Young Harris College to Host Bluegrass Lecture and Jam Session

Monday, March 4, 2013

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Young Harris College to Host Bluegrass Lecture and Jam Session
Event to feature noted historian Fred Bartenstein and musicians Wyatt Rice and Frank

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College will spotlight Appalachian music with a bluegrass jam session and lecture featuring noted author, performer, music historian and radio host Fred Bartenstein on Friday, March 15. The event is sponsored by YHC’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement and is free and open to the public.

Bartenstein will speak about his experience editing the autobiography of the late Dobro pioneer Josh Graves, titled Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium on the YHC campus. Following the lecture, well-known musicians Wyatt Rice and Frank Poindexter will demonstrate some of Graves’s music and lead an open bluegrass jam for all interested musicians.

Earlier in the day, Rice will lead a flatpicking guitar demonstration at 3 p.m. and Bartenstein will facilitate a roundtable discussion regarding bluegrass music at 4 p.m. Both events will take place in Room 115 of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus and are free and open to the public.

Growing up in bluegrass, Bartenstein knew and worked with virtually all of the music’s first generation. Through the years, he has been a musician, festival emcee, broadcaster, talent director, composer, record producer and scholar. He served as editor of Muleskinner News, one of the first bluegrass publications, and hosted bluegrass programs for many radio stations across the country for more than three decades. He has facilitated all of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Leadership Bluegrass classes, and was presented with a Distinguished Service Award by the organization in 2006.

Most recently, he served as the editor of Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir. A pivotal member of the hugely successful bluegrass band Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, Josh Graves was a living link between bluegrass music and the blues and is universally acknowledged as the father of the bluegrass Dobro.

An original member of the Tony Rice Unit, well-known bluegrass guitarist Wyatt Rice has played lead and rhythm guitar with his band, Wyatt Rice and Santa Cruz, and with The Ronnie Bowman Committee. He has recorded or performed with many notable artists including Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Rickie Simpkins, Lee Ann Womack, The Lonesome River Band and Ricky Skaggs. An accomplished guitar instructor, Wyatt has taught numerous seminars and workshops.

Dobroist Frank Poindexter comes from a North Carolina family steeped in bluegrass and old-time music. Several of his older brothers formed the influential band Golden State Boys in California in the early 1960s, and he is the uncle to Tony, Larry, Wyatt and Ronnie Rice of The Rice Brothers. Josh Graves’s music inspired Poindexter to take up the Dobro, and he has recorded and played with many artists including Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, Bobby Adkins and Vassar Clements. He has released two solo projects and is currently a member of the band A Deeper Shade of Blue.

Founded in 2010, the mission of YHC’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement is to educate, inspire and empower students through study and experience of the rich character and culture of the Appalachian region. The Center is located in the historic Stephens House on Highway 515 in Young Harris, Ga.

For more information about this event, call (706) 379-5139.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit


Author, performer, music historian and radio host Fred Bartenstein.