article in High Country Press about The Sheets Family Band

The Sheets Family Band

The Sheets Family Band
at Merlefest 2013
THE SHEETS FAMILY BAND
Deborah Jean, Kelly and Randy


Welcome to our site.
We are performers who specialize in old-time music with a twist - lots of great, close harmony singing.

The Sheets Family Band is an old time string band from western North Carolina. The band features Randy Sheets on banjo, Kelly Sheets Snider on fiddle and Deborah Jean Sheets on guitar. Celebrated for their harmony singing and energetic instrumentals, they embody the values of homemade and homegrown music and lifestyle. Their old time mountain style takes inspiration from the music of the Appalachian Mountains and beyond. You’ll hear a variety of lively fiddle tunes, gospel songs, ballads, and a few drinking songs too. Rooted in a belief that music is an essential part of life, this band welcomes opportunities to teach and share in an effort to sustain traditions with a spirit of musical participation. Members of the band have represented our region at the National Folk Festival, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center and numerous festivals in the Appalachian region. They invite you to join them in the dynamic community of folk music and dance.

We''ll be at Merlefest 2013



~Traditional Stage - Friday, April 26, 2013 -Performance - 11:00 - 11:45 AM



~Dance Tent - Friday, April 26, 2013 - Square Dance - 1:30 - 2:45



~Traditional Stage - Friday, April 26, 2013 - Banjo Demonstration - Randy - 3:45



~Dance Tent - Saturday, April 27, 2013 - Square Dance - 2:00 - 3:30



~Traditional - Saturday, April 27, 2013 - fiddle demonstration - Kelly Snider - 4:00 - 4:45



~Dance Tent - Sunday, April 28, 2013 - Freestyle Dance - 11:15 - 12:15



~Traditional Stage - Sunday, April 28, 2013 - Women Who Sing Traditional Music - DJ and Kelly - 11:30 - 12:30 (DJ and Kelly will join in at 12:15)



http://www.merlefest.org/





What are people saying about the Sheets Family Band

~"Their music truly sounds like it is coming from three people who have lived and grown together. It is honest pure and beautiful. " - Mark Freed, cultural resources coordinator, Boone, NC

~regarding their concert at Big Stone Gap "...you guys are great. You came out and let them have it with both barrels." - Tommy Bledsoe


~Everyone is talking about their concert in Big Stone Gap... they stole the show." Bill Smith

~"...killer CD."
- Dale Jett



~"...one of the areas most beloved acoustic music acts" - David Brewer, High Country Press.


~The Sheets Family CD exemplifies family in many ways, from the wonderful mother-daughter harmony singing, original songs dealing with community, friends and changing times, and the husband-wife duets of old familiar songs from the southern mountains. This CD brings the Sheets family right to your living room. It has my wife and I tapping our toes and singing along, and it brings a smile to our three-month daughter when she is on the verge of fussing. -Mark Freed - folklorist -Watauga County - North Carolina


~Using the music of the Carter Family as a foundation, Randy, Deborah Jean and Kelly Sheets have their own unique sound. Their wholesome and powerful singing style evokes a distinct freshness - much like a Blue Ridge Mountain spring. -Dale Morris



Our Schedule - 2014


*June 7, 2014 - Joe Shannon's Mountain Home Music - Blowing Rock School Auditorium - 7PM

*June 13, 2014 - Historic Society meeting - West Jefferson Presbyterian Church - 7-8 PM

*June 20, 2014 - Backstreet Summer Music Series - 5:30-7:00

*July 11, 2014 - Valle Crucis Summer Music Series - 7:00

*August 8, 2014 - Ola Belle Reed Festival - Lansing, NC - 5:00

Places we have played

  • Merlefest
  • Appalachian State University
  • Albert Hash Festival
  • Fred's Mercantile, Beech Mountain, NC
  • Backstreet Music
  • Damascus General Store
  • Southern Draft Days
  • Appalachian Mountain Musicfest
  • Clinch Mountain Music Festival
  • Wayne Henderson Music Festival
  • Mountain Music School - Mountain Empire Community College - Big Stone Gap, VA
  • National Folk Festival - Richmond, VA
  • FloydFest with Ron Short
  • WBRF - Galax, VA
  • The Leaf and String Festival - Galax, VA
  • Home Craft Days - Big Stone Gap, VA
  • WATA - Boone, NC
  • Seedtime on the Cumberland -Appalshop - Whitesburg, KY
  • WKSK - West Jefferson, NC
  • WETS - Studio One - Johnson City, TN
  • The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington, DC
  • Ashe Arts Council - West Jefferson, NC
  • Watauga Arts Council - Boone, NC
  • Historic Rex Theater - Galax, VA
  • The Blueridge Music Center - Galax, VA
  • Mountain Home Music Show - Boone, NC
  • Blue Ridge Folklife Festival - Ferrum, VA
  • Ola Belle Reed Festival - Lansing, NC
  • Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion - Bristol, VA/TN
  • The Library of Congress - Coolidge Auditorium - Washington, DC
  • The Carter Fold - Hiltons,VA

The Birds Were Singing - 05

The Birds Were Singing - Song List

Here is a list of songs on our CD and where we learned them.
1. -Old Zeke Perkins- We learned this from Fields Ward - Grayson County, VA

2. -You’ve Been That Friend to Me-from the Carter Family - Deborah Jean used to sing this with Gay Gingrich, Ginny Tobiasson and Helen White.

3. -I See God in Everything- by EC and Orna Ball - two of our favorite musicians

4. -High On A Mountain- by Ola Belle Reed - Randy’s’ mother’s 1st cousin.

5. Texas Plains- from Patsy Montana & Riley Puckett (Patsy sings MontanaPlains -Riley sings Texas Plains

6.-Wondrous Love- Jina Rosencrans helped us learn this - found the words in a book by Wayne Erbsen

7. -If You Believe-from EC and Orna Ball - Rugby, VA


8. -I Love You the Best of All- from the Louvin Brothers

9. -Red Mountain Wine- from Stella and Taylor Kimbell - Patrick County, VA


10. -S-A-V-E-D- from the Blue Sky Boys - last verse written by our friend, Ginny Tobiason


11. -The Birds Were Singing of You- from AP Carter - Kay Justice suggested we do this for Debbie & Tim Yates’ wedding

12. -The Fullness of Time-by Rudy Perkins, Randy’s uncle - a very inspirational man

13. -River of Jordan-by the Carter Family


14. -Last Song- by Julie Miller -one of our favorite contemporary singer/songwriters

"The Birds Were Singing of You", was reviewed in the April/May - 2006 edition of the OLD TIME HERALD - check it out.

The Birds Were Singing of You

Buy the CD "The Birds Were Singing of You"
through CD Baby - or County Records, Floyd, VA.

DJ, Randy and Kelly hamming it up at ETSU

DJ, Randy and Kelly hamming it up at ETSU
"It's Not About Me" featured on Women of Substance Radio