• Tony Williamson Releases Recording Celebrating North Carolina Heritage Award

    Tony Williamson - HeritageSiler City, N.C. — 2018 North Carolina Heritage Award Recipient Tony Williamson celebrates this prestigious honor with "Heritage," an anthology of unreleased or out-of-print highlights from an illustrious 50-year recording career.

    Williamson will be honored by the North Carolina Arts Council for his unique lifetime contributions in a ceremony May 23 in Raleigh, N.C.

    Beginning with brother Gary in 1968, the recording opens with a blistering instrumental version of "John Henry," and covers each phase and decade with contributions from such music legends as Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, Jerry Douglas and today's stars like Martha Bassett and Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange.

    Track Listing

    • John Henry
    • Rambler’s Bed
    • Red Maple Grove
    • Still Light Of The Evening
    • Cabin Song #47
    • Land Of The Dead
    • Hickory Mountain
    • Merlefest Mando-Mania "Big Mon"
    • Mountain Girl
    • Dixie Breakdown
    • Flight Of The Survivor
    • Mr. Ambassador
    • Veinte Años
    • Unbelizeable
    • Shakti
    • If I Were

    Still Light of the Evening

    From the recording: "Still Light Of The Evening," 3:58 Tony Williamson, MCP, Inc. Recorded by Jerry Brown at Rubber Room Studios, Chapel Hill NC, February 2, 2018. Tony Williamson, mandolin and lead vocal; Gary Williamson, tenor vocal; Scott Huffman, guitar; Don Wright, banjo; Caroline Ririe, fiddle; Robert Sprye, bass.

    North Carolina Arts Council

    North Carolina Heritage Awards Honor Tony Williamson

    Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.
    Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
    Raleigh, N.C.

    "North Carolina Heritage Awards Ceremony will honor Tony Williamson, a renowned mandolin player from Chatham County, who is widely celebrated for mentoring other players. He's also a skilled songwriter whose compositions integrate everything from traditional Piedmont string band tunes to classical music and jazz."


    Tickets are $20 plus tax.
    Discounts for 10 or more tickets available.
    Call PineCone at (919) 664-8302
    or visit North Carolina Heritage Awards


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    Comments 5 Comments
    1. giannisgrass's Avatar
      giannisgrass -
      Must have it!
    1. John Soper's Avatar
      John Soper -
      Great CD!
    1. giannisgrass's Avatar
      giannisgrass -
      Order cd from mandolincentral.com,arrived very soon in Greece... awesome music,autographed,thank you note,nice photos and great out of print tracks from 60s,70s and 80s. Mr.Williamson is a very nice person too! Everybody who likes mando music should buy this!
    1. MK in NC's Avatar
      MK in NC -
      I was glad to pick up a copy this afternoon.

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    1. MK in NC's Avatar
      MK in NC -
      Here was the first track from his afternoon performance at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh.