Band

 

CAROLINA ROAD

Pinecastle recording artist Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road has all the essential ingredients necessary to deliver world-class bluegrass music – tight vocals, scintillating instrumentation, and a charismatic stage show that engages audiences of all ages. And why not, as a band they have nearly 20 years of demonstrable success and collectively Carolina’s Road’s journeyman performers: Lorraine, Ben Greene, Tommy Long, Randy Graham, and Matt Hooper, have enjoyed over 100 years of successful experience, yet play with the same energy and enthusiasm as they did as “youngsters”. Put simply, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road deliver the goods!

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road are certainly no strangers to industry accolades either. Known as the “Lady of Tradition”, Lorraine has notched two IBMA “Recorded Event of the Year” awards in 2009 and 2011. She was also honored with SPBGMA’s prestigious “Female Vocalist of the Year” trophy in 2015. The same year, Carolina Road’s stellar banjoist, Ben Greene, walked away with the organization’s “Banjo Player of the Year” trophy.

Carolina Road has consistently delivered major chart action that includes 3 number #1 hits: “A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW”, “THAT’S KENTUCKY”, and most recently “TRUE GRASS”. “True Grass” hit #5 on the country chart, #1 ranking on the Roots Music chart, and topped the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey with an astounding record breaking of 4 consecutive months.

Musicianship + high energy showmanship + award winning music = a crowd pleasing show that sells tickets and makes Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road one of the most sought after bands in bluegrass music.

When not on the road or making music at someone else’s event, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road produce and host several events per year. Concerts at Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music, in Garner, NC, plus two successful festivals: “Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies”, in Pigeon Forge, TN, and the “Willow Oak Music Festival”, held in Roxboro, NC are just a few things the band gets into when not touring. Plans are now on the table for a new festival. The inaugural “North Carolina Banjo Fest” will honor the banjo’s role and the state’s rich history in bluegrass music, and will be held in Clemmons, NC in the fall.


LORRAINE JORDAN

Mandolin / Lead and Tenor Vocals

Carolina Road Musician

Affectionately known as the “Lady of Tradition” in the bluegrass community, Lorraine Jordan grew up around bluegrass music on the coast of North Carolina. She now resides in Garner, just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. She has performed bluegrass music for over twenty years and formed Carolina Road in 1998. She continues to be the driving force behind Carolina Road’s popularity and longevity as a consummate performer, songwriter, emcee and show organizer. She has been a finalist in the IBMA Songwriting Showcase and was the 1st runner-up in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest twice.

Lorraine received the SPBGMA “Entertainer of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist” in 2015. Lorraine is a co-founder for the formation of the Daughters of Bluegrass, whose Back to the Well album won the IBMA Recorded Event in 2006, and she was part of the Daughter’s latest album, Bluegrass Bouquet also a 2009 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year winner for the song “Proud to be a Daughter.” In her spare time she enjoys riding her Honda motorcycle and playing with her two Maltese – JD and Polly. Lorraine is proud to endorse Gibson Mandolins, GHS Strings, Colorado Cases, CT Straps, Peterson Tuners, Blue Chip Picks, and Cedar Creek Cases.

 

BEN GREENE

Banjo / Bass Vocals

Carolina Road Musician

Ben Greene received SPBGMA “Banjo Player of the Year” in 2015. Ben grew up in banjo country in the piedmont of North Carolina. He resides in Monroe, North Carolina. He has been a member of Carolina Road for ten years. He began his music career in 1973 playing with the late Charlie Moore. Between 1973 and 1979 during his tenure with Charlie, Ben recorded six albums. He played electric guitar with country and dance bands until 1995. Ben played electric bass with the Bluegrass Cardinals, banjo with Lost & Found, David Parmley & Continental Divide and The James King Band. Ben has performed in every state, plus seventeen foreign countries. He was a nominee for SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year award in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2007, Ben recorded a banjo instrumental album titled, “On Watson’s Cove.” Recently, in 2010, Ben recorded his newest album titled “Banjo Sideman” on Blue Circle Records. This project includes a vocal song from each band that he has previously been a member of. In his spare time he loves to go fishing with friends and family. Ben is proud to endorse GHS Strings, Hatfield Banjos.

 

JOSH GOFORTH

Fiddle/Baritone Vocals/Road Manager

Carolina Road Musician

Josh is a Madison County native and resides in Asheville, North Carolina. He has been a member and road manager of Carolina Road for fifteen years. Josh attended East Tennessee State University where he majored in Instrumental Music Education. He is very active in the world renowned bluegrass and country music program at ETSU and also mentors upcoming fiddle players through residencies with universities including Colorado College, University of Georgia and University of Kentucky. He teaches with the City of Asheville, North Carolina. He has performed with Appalachian Trail, David Holt & Laura Boosinger, Open Road and The ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. He has also performed in 13 foreign countries and throughout the United States. In 2000, 2003 and 2005 he was named the Fiddler of the Festival as the nationally acclaimed Fiddler’s Grove Competition, and awarded the title of Master Fiddler after winning the coveted position three times. Josh has been a finalist for SPBGMA Fiddle Player of the Year. In 2009, he was nominated for a Grammy for the album Cutting Loose which he produced and recorded on with David Holt. Josh also showed off his acting chops in the 2000 film Song Catcher where he was given a small role, was the vocal coach on set, and performed on the film’s soundtrack. Josh is a successful producer and coproduced Carolina Road’s latest cd. Josh enjoys teaching folklore and sharing his talents with others. Josh is proud to endorse Henderson Guitars, Kogut Violins, D’addario Strings, and Baggs Pickups.

 

Tommy Long

Guitar & Lead Vocals

Tommy grew up in Hamptonville, North Carolina, where he still resides today. He started playing with Carolina Road in 2010. He began his musical career at the age of 8 playing drums in his step-father’s country music band. In 1982, he formed the band Dixie Creek Revival. Tommy’s great lead vocals and driving rhythm guitar playing helped propel the band to win the “Horizon Award” in 1992. In 1995, Tommy left Dixie Creek Revival to help form the Long and Pardue Band. In 1997, this award-winning band claimed the title of Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Champion in Denton, NC and finished 2nd in the nation at the Pizza Hut Bluegrass Showdown. The band followed with performances at SPBGMA and IBMA leading to the signing of a contract with Pinecastle Records. In 2009, he joined Ray Edwards and Hard Rock Mountain, working primarily in the North Carolina area. In 2010, the group performed as honorary Sunny Mountain Boys, working various festivals with Jimmy Martin Jr. Tommy joined Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road in the fall of 2010 and has found a home. His outstanding voice, rhythm guitar playing and great songwriting talents are being used to their fullest. Tommy’s the proud father of son Jayce, daughter Casey and is elated with the birth of his first grandchild; baby Lucas, the son of Jayce and Sarah Long. Tommy is proud to endorse GHS Strings, Blue Chip Picks, and Mike Long Guitars.

 

Matt Hooper

Fiddle & Tech Man

Carolina Road Musician


After starting out in classical music, Matt Hooper grew into one of the finest bluegrass fiddler in North Carolina. He started out with the Raleigh, NC based Kickin’ Grass Band and from there toured with Don Rigsby. You will see him generously lending his talents to other groups as needed and his fiddle can be heard on many albums from all styles of music. When not performing, his focus is on fiddle and mandolin instruction. 

Matt lives in Broadway, North Carolina and is the tech man for Carolina Road.

 

 

 

 

 

Randy Graham

Bluegrass Music has been at the center of Randy Graham’s life since his early teens. Starting at age 11 on a Silvertone guitar he bought from a neighbor for $8.00, he quickly associated himself with many of the notable area musicians in his native, southern California. Soon thereafter he was caught up in the hootenanny craze that swept the nation, honing the formidable rhythm guitar, mandolin, bass and vocal skills that ultimately landed him prominent positions with such leading acts as the Bluegrass Cardinals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, BlueRidge, David Parmley & Continental Divide, and the Rickey Wasson Band.
Randy’s work can be heard on 31 separate recording projects, and many of the songs he has recorded have gone on to become what many consider to be bluegrass classics.
Still passionate about the music he loves, Randy also operates the Graham Talent Group which provides booking and tour support services to several internationally acclaimed bluegrass artists.
Recently, Randy has relocated to the greater Raleigh (North Carolina) area, and is working with Jordan Entertainment as Marketing Director for bluegrass events at Lorraines’s Coffee House & Music in Garner, NC and overseeing promotion of festivals and shows that Jordan Entertainment promotes. He will also be playing bass and singing harmony with Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road.

Jeff Hartis

Bus Driver

 

Jeff lives in Charlotte, NC and  is the bus driver for the band.

He has driven for Carolina Road Band for 6 years. Jeff is a certified Driver Education teacher and has mechanic skills. You might find Jeff at the sales table. He’s very friendly to our fans.

 

 

 

 

 

Royce Jordan

Sales Manager

A former professional DJ and Emcee, Royce is a natural, emceeing Carolina Road events and festivals including Christmas in the Smokies, Cherokee, Remington Ryde Bluerass Festival and the First Quality Bluegrass Cruise. Royce also can be found speaking at numerous engagements when he’s not on the road with the band