Thirty-eight Charlotte-area students have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina (RMHC of N.C.) and thirty students have received the $1,000 Ray Kroc Youth Achievement Award Scholarship, funded by local McDonald’s Owner and Operators. Katharine Ross of Stanfield was one of the recipients chosen. Award recipients were selected based on outstanding academic achievement and community involvement. The students were recognized at an awards reception, sponsored by McDonald’s, Wednesday, July 11 at the Gastonia Convention Center.
The Jones Brothers, a local bluegrass legendary duo from Stanfield, will celebrate their 50 years of playing bluegrass music together at the Mother’s Day weekend show in Denton, N.C, at the Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival.
The brothers began their career together in 1962, but have been playing and pickin’ instruments since their early years.
Bruce Jones the older of the brothers was born in 1930 in Union County and his younger brother, Lee followed along nine years later in 1939. “We’re just as country as you can get,” laughed Lee.
In the beginning, the majority of their shows were on top of concession stands at drive-in theaters, where the audiences would honk their horns in applause. It was after playing at a Fiddlers Convention in Denver, N.C. where they took first prize in all categories that they crossed over into professional bluegrass.
Both brothers began playing instruments at a young age. Bruce picked up the guitar when he was eight years old and has been playing for more than 60 years. When Lee was 10 years old, his older brother bought him a guitar, but his interest didn’t spark for several more years—he cared more about girls than guitars. “I later discovered I could get more girls by playing the guitar,” joked Lee. Continue reading
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