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Little Roy and Lizzy: Crafting Bluegrass Magic at Dumplin Valley Festival 2024

Unveiling the Heartbeat of dumplin valley Bluegrass

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Have you ever been caught up in a banjo run and been laughing so hard your ribs hurt? Then you’ve probably seen Little Roy and Lizzy bringing the crowd together with wholesome fun and amazing bluegrass music connecting you to high-speed low drag pick'n and something hilariously unrivaled?

That's the magic of their bluegrass style, and we’re getting ready for it to come alive again at the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival in September 2024. Be prepared to be stirred up by the bluegrass and gospel melodies of Little Roy and Lizzy, a duo whose musical heritage is etched in the very soul of bluegrass.

Little Roy: A Banjo Virtuoso and Bluegrass Icon

Little Roy Lewis is a name synonymous with bluegrass excellence. Born in Lincolnton, Georgia, in 1942, Roy Lewis is a true bluegrass legend, and his journey in the world of music and entertainment has been nothing short of extraordinary.

Roy's musical journey began around the age of six when he played as part of his Lewis Family band in Georgia. Growing up in a family steeped in the traditions of gospel, Roy was surrounded by the soul-stirring sounds of stringed instruments from an early age. It wasn't long before he realized that the banjo was his true calling. Influenced early not only by Flatt & Scruggs, but also Hank Williams. His musical heritage is interesting and really a snapshot of life and times for a musician growing up in the south during Roy’s time. A great article about how Roy came to be a musician can be found in the February 2023 edition of Bluegrass Unlimited.

With a passion that burned bright, Roy honed his skills, practicing tirelessly to master the intricacies of anything with strings…he can play them all. His nimble fingers rip across the strings, bending out melodies that resonated with fans and fellow musical royalty along the way. The clip below is indicative of the way Roy uses the banjo to create sounds the way he “sees” the notes. Incredibly talented with many instruments, he’s truly a gifted performance musician that has created his own sound.

Little Roy: A Pioneer of Innovation

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As Roy's musical and performance skills grew as a child, so did his appetite for innovation. He fearlessly pushed the boundaries of traditional bluegrass, developing his playing with elements that were uniquely his own. His style is an incredible example of a blend of precision, speed, and a deep understanding of the emotional cues that define great bluegrass music.

If you’ve seen Roy on stage, whether headlining or jumping on with the likes of Rhonda Vincent and others, the addition to his instrumental dominance, vocals and on stage animation add another level of audience experience to his performances. His antics generate a profound connection to the music and the stories it tells. Whether delivering heartfelt ballads or lively, foot-stomping tunes, Roy's performances are a testament to his versatility as a musician and crowd favorite performer.

Decades of talent in Dumplin valley

Roy's influence extends far beyond the stage. He has mentored countless aspiring musicians, sharing his knowledge and love for bluegrass with a new generation. Through workshops, lessons, and personal interactions, Roy has become a beacon of inspiration for those who seek to follow in his footsteps. In comes Lizzy Long.

Lizzy Long: Fiddling Her Way into Bluegrass Hearts

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What sets Lizzy Long apart in the world of bluegrass is her ability to seamlessly blend tradition with innovation. While deeply rooted in the time-honored techniques of bluegrass music, Lizzy brings her own unique flair to each of the many instruments she plays. Her playing is marked by a blend of grace and fiery spirit, creating a style that is instantly recognizable. Whether she's tackling a mournful ballad or a lively, up-tempo classic, her performances carry a depth of feeling that resonates with audiences on a profound level. Each note is paced with a sense of purpose and a storytelling quality that transports listeners to another time and place.

a standout on her own

Lizzy's vocals and playing are the benchmark for gospel and bluegrass the heritage of bluegrass music. Among her many awards are three Bluegrass Song of the Year: songs like "Mountain Top," "He Washed My Soul," and a harmony filled duet titled "When We Fly" alongside Ty Herndon. Lizzy's exceptional talent earned her Dove Award for the Best Bluegrass Song of the Year, achieved through the soulful collaboration "God is There" with Rhonda Vincent. Can’t wait to see what wonders she brings to Dumplin next year.

Join the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass festival Community

We're thrilled to have the Little Roy and Lizzy and all the fun in 2024, and we want you to be a part of this unforgettable experience. Here's what you can do:

1. Follow the Little Roy and Lizzy on social media: Stay up-to-date with the latest news, tour dates, and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the band's musical journey.

2. Join the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Facebook Page: Be a part of our vibrant online community where fellow bluegrass enthusiasts share their love for the genre. Get updates on the festival, interact with fellow fans, and stay in the loop.

3. Reserve Your Campsite for 2024: There's no better way to immerse yourself in the bluegrass experience than by camping at Dumplin Valley. Wake up to the sounds of nature and spend your days surrounded by the music you love.

4. Grab Your Weekend Passes: Don't miss out on a weekend filled with world-class bluegrass performances, camaraderie, and memories that will last a lifetime. Secure your tickets now!

Join us in celebrating the showmanship of Little Roy and Lizzy at the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival, where there fun energy and skill will take over the whole farm, reminding us all of the joy and beauty of bluegrass music.. The pure entertainment they bring to the stage is a testament to the enduring power of bluegrass, a stage presence that continues to captivate audiences around the world.

As we look ahead to the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival in September 2024, there's no doubt that being a part of this band's energy seen live on stage will be an experience to remember. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of bluegrass history and to witness a true legend in action.

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