Nu-Blu plays at Fivepointville

By on March 27, 2013

An evening of music will be held April 6 at the Fivepointville Fire Hall.

Featured will be Nu-Blu. Hailing from the abundant bluegrass lands of North Carolina, Nu-Blu was founded in 2003 by husband and wife team Carolyn and Daniel Routh. The band is quickly making a name for themselves in the bluegrass world. In 2010, they were awarded "Country Band of the Year" by the Carolina Music Awards and signed with Pinecastle Records. Carolyn and Daniel make up half of this "hard driving" band.

Gospel, country, blues and rock and roll all shaped and expanded Carolyn’s vocal style. Daniel began playing guitar at age 15. Banjo soon followed. During Thanksgiving weekend in 2003, Carolyn suffered two strokes. She lost her speech and the use of her right side. After months of rehab she began playing and singing again. With Carolyn playing bass, handling lead vocals and most of the tenor, she gives the band flexibility and a driving edge that sets them apart. Daniel is now back to playing guitar focusing on different styles of the guitar and incorporates them in his playing. He also contributes lead and harmony vocals.

When Levi Austin was 9 years old, he went to a Sunday evening church service that included a bluegrass gospel group. After watching and hearing the banjo during that concert, Levi instantly fell in love with the instrument. Years later, after winning the North Carolina State banjo championship, he toured with the Cagle Family Band for several years. He joined Nu-Blu in 2005. During these years with the band, he has added to his titles by winning the Galax Fiddler’s Convention Banjo award, along with numerous other banjo and guitar awards. He continues to impress audiences with his abilities.

Austin Koerner’s grandfather took him to a bluegrass show when he was 11 years old and he immediately fell in love with the mandolin. By the age of 13 he got his first mandolin but only played for a few months. At that time he was playing drums in metal bands. He also played the trumpet and French horn in his school band. In the spring of 2007, he started to play the mandolin regularly and began learning theory. Austin’s multi-instruments talents and performing in various music genres has certainly made him an asset to Nu-Blu.

Appearing with Nu-Blu will be Chester Johnson & The Foggy Mountain Grass with Scott Eager. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 6 p.m. Food is available by the Fivepointville Fire Co. including their delicious cheeseburger soup. Cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 610-573-0797. The Fire Hall is located on Route 897 in Fivepointville at 1087 Dry Tavern Rd., Denver.

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