March 7, 2021 Chestnut Ridge Progressive Primitive Baptist Church Mount Airy, NC 10:00 am (video only - sanctuary closed)
"Most of my live work these days is as the designated "musician" at various African American churches in the NC, VA, WV region of the US. The normal job is to back up the featured choir, sometimes by myself, sometimes with a drummer. Usually the service starts with someone from the congregation breaking out in song, then everybody joins in. After a verse and a chorus, I have a pretty good idea of what chords fit the melody, so we're off and running. Once the preaching begins, we follow him, adding instrumental stabs to emphasize his message. After such a long music business career, I thought I'd seen it all, but this is a whole new style, and has yielded some magical musical moments."
Some of the churches:
Chestnut Ridge P. P. Baptist Church 4416 Westfield Rd, Mt Airy, NC
Saint Paul AME Church 321 N South St, Mt Airy, NC 27030
First Samuel Grove P.P. Baptist Church 1289 Willis Gap Road, Ararat, VIrginia
Antioch Baptist Church 160 Antioch Church St, Ridgeway, VA