Carolina Road – Back To My Roots

Earlier this week, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road released their newest project for Rural Rhythm Records, titled Back To My Roots. After their debut project for Rural Rhythm included some more contemporary and country-flavored material, there is a clear shift back to the traditional sound Carolina Road has become known for in the past.

This is the result not only of a purposeful choice by the group in the selection and presentation of material, but also due to personnel changes in the group. This recording marks the appearance of new lead singer and guitar player, Tommy Long, and bass player, Eddie Biggerstaff. They join longtime Carolina Road members Ben Greene on banjo and Josh Goforth on fiddle, both of whom have been with the group for six years, giving Lorraine Jordan a real “Carolina” Road featuring a quintet of native North Carolinians.

The first single from the project is A Light In The Window Again, written by Tom T. and Dixie Hall, continuing an association between the Halls and Carolina Road that began ten years ago when the group was recording for Blue Circle Records.

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This self-produced project features a guest appearance by Bobby Wood on mandolin on Sing A Bluegrass Song, one of two songs on the project written by Bobby’s father, A. L. Wood, a North Carolina bluegrass legend.

A two-time IBMA award-winning Daughter of Bluegrass, Lorraine Jordan is one of very few female bandleaders that are firmly planted on the traditional side of bluegrass, particularly among those that have emerged in the past ten years. This project will reinforce Carolina Road’s place among the leading groups in traditional bluegrass music.

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James Gabehart

Jim has been playing the banjo, and other string instruments for nearly 40 years. Since joining the musicians union and becoming a performing musician at the age of 15, he won five West Virginia State Banjo Championships, as well as dozens of other competitions, and has taught hundreds of students. Jim was elected as Prosecuting Attorney for Lincoln County, WV in November 2012, and is an active touring performer with his wife and musical partner, Valerie. Learn more about their music at