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Jesse Langlais

Jesse Langlais grew up in the rural town of Old Town, Maine where he first discovered his passion for banjo, bluegrass and working with his hands. At 19, Jesse picked up the banjo and took lessons from Bill Smith, founder of the successful Bluegrass Supply Company band. In 2001, with determined interest in pursuing a music career, Jesse moved to Asheville, NC, calling western North Carolina home for the past 15 years.

Jesse's hard work paid off in Asheville, he plays banjo, provides vocals and songwriting for the award-winning group Town Mountain, a high-energy bluegrass band. Jesse has always been interested in the history of music, with musical taste across the board that you can hear reflected in his banjo playing style.

As important as music is in Jesse's life, he has other passions. A carpenter by trade, he still picks up jobs from time-to-time, more recently completing a full interior remodel on a home he and his fiancee purchased.

Town Mountain (left to right): Phil Barker (Mandolin, Vocals), Jesse Langlais (Banjo, Vocals), Bobby Britt (Fiddle), Robert Greer (Vocals, Guitar), (not in photo) Adam Chaffins (Bass).

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Kristin Scott Benson

Kristin Scott Benson is the four-time International Bluegrass Music Association’s Banjo Player of the Year (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011). She grew up in South Carolina, surrounded by a musical family. After receiving a much-anticipated banjo for Christmas when she was thirteen, Kristin became enthralled with the instrument and spent her teen years studying the playing of all the banjo greats from Earl Scruggs to Bela Fleck. After high school, she attended Nashville’s esteemed Belmont University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BBA in Marketing and a minor in Music Business. After 13 years in Nashville, she relocated back to the Carolinas with her husband and young son. Her latest solo release, Second Season, features eight instrumentals (half of them originals) and four vocal performances. The album showcases her powerful banjo playing, while still appealing to fans that aren’t motivated solely by instrumental prowess. The project received stellar reviews and features some of bluegrass’ brightest musicians.

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Hank Smith

Hank Smith started playing banjo when he was 16 in his hometown of Florence, SC after begging his parents to get him one for Christmas. More than twenty years later, he’s still at it and going strong.

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