The Twilite Broadcasters

The Twilite Broadcasters

 Weaverville, North Carolina, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

The Twilite Broadcasters continue the tradition of two part harmony vocals with acoustic instrumental accompaniment once common in the southern United States. The fundamental components of lead and harmony vocal in tandem with guitar and mandolin are the seeds from which Country music sprouted.

Biography

Adam Tanner
Born in New York and raised in northern California, Adam was introduced to music via Suzuki Violin training at the age of nine. Adam's older brother Evan also had a keen interest in music and played the guitar, eventually teaching Adam enough rudiments on that instrument to keep his interest growing. During Adam's high school years he was exposed to bluegrass music and took up the mandolin. As a young adult he spent most of his spare time seeking out recordings and attending concerts and jam sessions; expanding his knowledge and vocabulary of southern Appalachian vocal harmonies, and continuing to improve his guitar, fiddle and mandolin skills.

By the time Adam reached the age of 21, he had begun to branch out beyond traditional music and found a new way of expressing himself: by playing electric guitar and composing original Rock and Roll based music. In 1983, Adam relocated to Southern California and helped to form what was to become a seminal electronic/rock fusion band, Grotus. The band played up and down the west coast, building a fan base and eventually putting out two records on the "Alternative Tentacles" label. In the early 1990s, they landed a recording contract with London/Polygram records (USA); however, the mainstream music business was a hard road and after years of touring the US and Europe, Grotus disbanded in 1998.

Adam refocused his energy on acoustic American roots music and dove head first into studying and playing pre-Bluegrass southern Appalachian string music. In 2000, Adam relocated to western North Carolina, to be closer to the geographical origin of his revitalized musical passions. During his early years in NC, Adam sought out older masters of the Appalachian traditions – including Joe Thompson, Charlie Acuff, and Clyde Davenport – to learn the music from its source.

In 2003, Adam joined the Crooked Jades, a California based progressive acoustic band with roots in pre-war southern styles. During the next three years, the band, with Adam on fiddle, mandolin and acoustic lap guitar, toured folk festivals and clubs throughout the US, UK and Germany and released a recording entitled Worlds on Fire. In December 2006, Adam parted ways with the Crooked Jades and embarked on a solo career focusing on early country blues vocal and instrumental styles. During this time, he completed work on the cd Sure as You're Born. In June 2007, Adam was called upon to fill in for Kip Beacco with the Hunger Mountain Boys and for a year he played a variety of dates with the band in the U.S. and U.K.

Mark Jackson
Growing up in southwest Virginia, Mark had plenty of opportunities to take in old-time and early country and bluegrass music. His father often took him to the Carter Fold and old-time and bluegrass festivals and played the records of Jimmy Rodgers, the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe. Mark also heard stories about his great uncle Clarence Hess who played guitar and, along with his brother Clyde on banjo and nephew Garland on fiddle, performed at dances and on radio shows in Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia during the 1950s. In spite of his father’s taste and family history, his first inclination to take up the guitar came from listening to his brother’s Beatles collection.
At twelve, Mark began taking guitar lessons and by 15 was playing in bands. While in college he continued to take lessons and during graduate school he and a friend formed an Americana/Alt. Country band in Knoxville, TN called the Town Criers. The Criers, for which Mark wrote a number of songs, regularly played clubs in the region. It was at this time – when early country music had a newfound popularity – he began listening to some of the records he grew up with and discovered he had a particular affinity for the close harmony singing of the Louvin Brothers.

Over the next few years, Mark played in Americana and rock bands in Tennessee and Georgia, while he continued to explore early country music and learn material. He later worked for Appalshop, the acclaimed Appalachian arts and media organization, where he had the opportunity to take in a number of well known old-time musicians from eastern Kentucky. Before moving to Asheville, he worked for a performing arts presenter in Ohio that featured national touring artists in genres ranging from Celtic and Jazz to American Roots music. In late 2008, Mark and Adam Tanner began singing early country music duets and exploring the wealth of early country music adaptable to the close harmony/duet style.

Discography

"Evening Shade"

Set List

Southern Moon
More Pretty Girls Than One
Talk to me Lonesome Heart
Sweet Thing
Twilite Schottische
What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul
Louisiana Man
Don't Let her Know
Ragtime Annie
Stormy Horizons
Midnight Special
Salt River
Long Time Gone
Pretty Red Shoes
Evening Shade