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Nixon, Blevins & Gage continue to entertain audiences with their presentation of the emerging genre of the acoustic trio. Loosely based in bluegrass, they bring to the audience the finger-picking, early country music popularized by Doc Watson and Merle Travis. They are a pioneer and a part of the emerging genre of acoustic trios as originated by Doc Watson and continued by such groups as the Kruger Brothers and Blue Country. This music combines folk, traditional, religious and country in an audience orientated presentation. Selections range from modern songs adapted to the style to true-to-form preservations of older songs. Since first appearing in 1995, they have continued to evolve with appearances in clubs and festivals including Merlefest in 2006. To date they have released four CD’s. These releases have been critically acclaimed in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and have received national airplay. Bluegrass Unlimited noted that in their first release, “Pick One For Me”, the guitar playing was “seamless”. Their second release, “Pick Another One, Son” was recommended by Bluegrass Unlimited to all aspiring pickers. Their most success (their “best seller”) has been experienced with “Picking on Christmas”, which was critically by the Raleigh News & Observer who noted that, “The juxtaposition of Nixon's finger-style playing with guitarist David Blevins' flat-picking results in an acoustic ambiance reminiscent of Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt and the late Etta Baker.”
This is a most apt description of their style.
They have just completed their latest CD “Picking with Friends” which will soon be released in stores.
Nixon, Blevins & Gage have performed in shows or opened shows with among others, Mike Cross, Del McCoury, Longview, Larry Stephenson Band, Grass Cats, Don Rigsby, Wayne Stephenson, Bill Leslie, Clyde Edgerton, and Carolina Road.
Nixon, Blevins & Gage have performed at many venues in the area including the North Carolina Museum of History, Six String Café, Tir Na Nog, Garner Historic Auditorium, Southend Brewery, Lighthouse Conference Center, Umstead Festival, Cary Fred Bond Park Amphitheater, Selma’s Rudy Theater and Merlefest in Wilkesboro. Larry Nixon has presented seminars at the NC Thumb and Fingerstyle Guitar Convention in Statesville, NC.