Hank, Pattie and the Current
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Bluegrass ambassadors Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw join forces once again with their original and energetic new soulgrass band, Hank and Pattie. Hank and Pattie take bluegrass and infuse it with their own flair, drawing from a melting pot of styles including classical and Motown, which adds up to an authentic and unique reflection of American music. While some of the music sounds old school and some sounds fresh and new, their overall musicianship, vocal harmonies, impassioned delivery and innovative arrangements captivate all generations of music lovers. Hank and Pattie are backed by an all-star band comprised of Carolina musicians Stevie Martinez on Bass and vocals and Billie Feather on guitar.
“Bluegrass juggernauts Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw put their own unique spin on old school bluegrass by infusing elements of Latin and Jazz music. With innovative arrangements, pitch-perfect harmonies, and stunning artistry, this band knows how to deliver a captivating performance.” – High Country Press
-Hank Smith teaches bluegrass banjo in the Music Department at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
-Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw received her bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogue Certification from East Carolina University.
-Billie Feather is currently attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
-Steven Martinez teaches double bass at Coastal Carolina University and currently holds the principal bass position in the Long Bay Symphony.