Tag: Al Batten

Al Batten passes

| November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Alton Tharse Batten, known widely as Al, passed away on Sunday, November 20. He was 68 years of age. Al was born and raised in Selma, NC where he lived his entire life. He led the popular bluegrass group, Al Batten & Bluegrass Reunion for more […]


New representation for Leroy Troy, Al Batten and The Hillbenders

| July 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

A number of bluegrass acts have announced new representation this past few weeks. Appalachian musician and humorist Leroy Troy is now being booked by Hootenanny Publicity, run by Danny “Hootenanny” Clark, formerly with the International Bluegrass Museum in Owensboro, KY. Danny had relocated to Nashville […]


Photos from Willow Oak

| May 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Thanks to Laura Tate Ridge for this fine gallery of photos from the Family Style Bluegrass Festival, held late last month at Willow Oak Park in Roxboro, NC.  


RidgeFest benefit show this weekend

| April 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tragedy has been a part of the human experience throughout all of history. When families and communities lose their own, there is a primal pain that ensues, especially when young folks are involved. War, disaster, accident or malice, it matters very little when people you love […]


Roby Huffman passes

| January 3, 2013 | 4 Comments

Roby Huffman, popular singer and bandleader in eastern North Carolina, passed away on December 29, 2012. He was 74 years old, and had been ill since being diagnosed with lung cancer a few months back. Huffman toured internationally with his band, Roby Huffman and the […]


South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival

| November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

This gallery of photos from last weekend’s South Carolina State Bluegrass festival are a contribution from Laura Tate Photography.


LocalGrass – Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion: Forty Years & Counting

| May 25, 2012 | 2 Comments

If you’re a bluegrass fan that has been around for a while, you’re no doubt familiar with a handful of elite sidemen from days gone by who held their job with only one band for a great number of years. Josh Graves, Jake Tullock and […]