James HowellStaff Writerjhowell@jeffersonpost.com
August 29, 2012
The finale of the Backstreet Concert Series tonight will feature the Sheets Family Band, described as “a family bluegrass, country and acoustic band with harmony.”
The Sheets Family Band is a husband-wife-daughter trio, featuring Randy Sheets playing the banjo, his wife Deborah Jean playing guitar, and their daughter Kelly Snider playing fiddle. They have no problem sharing the microphone with each other because they all sing during their concerts.
Randy and Deborah Jean have roots from Grayson County, Va., but these 30-year music veterans have moved to the Bethel community in Watauga County. Kelly began singing with her mother at age 13. Their friend Ned Treivette says “their voices blend beautifully but it is more than that, they sound like one voice.”
The Sheets Family Band uses the music of the Carter Family as a platform, and then they blend their own unique style to make a one of a kind sound.
Even though they have played at larger venues, like the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress, they still play at many local scenes.
Some of their local venues include Appalachian State University, Appalachian Mountain Musicfest, the Wayne Henderson Music Festival, and several local radio stations and arts councils.
Both Randy and Deborah Jean teach through the Junior Appalachian Music (JAM) program in downtown Boone, passing on their knowledge and passion of mountain music to the next generation.
This concert will be held in West Jefferson’s Backstreet Park from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Friday evening and is free for all those who wish to attend. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the outdoor entertainment. In the event of rain, concerts are moved to the Ashe Arts Center.