The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

March 30, 2012

Country music show kicks off busy local weekend

Editor and Publisher
John H. Walker

TARBORO — An evening of country music tonight at Edgecombe Community College kicks off what looks to be a busy weekend in and around Edgecombe County. Tonight’s show is the fifth of six concerts in the 2011-12 Edgecombe Performance Series.

Country singer Jason Michael Carroll headlines the 8 p.m. show in Keihin Auditorium with Tarboro native Ryder Lee opening the bill. Tickets are $30 ($25 for seniors) and are still available, either at the box office or online at Tickets may also be reserved by calling 823-5166, ext. 187.

Carroll grew up in a religious household in Youngsville, where his father was a conservative Christian minister who viewed modern music as sinful. As a result, no secular music was allowed in the home or even on family trips in the car.

Carroll, with encouragement from his mother, entered and won a local singing competition and was signed by the Arista Nashville label in 2006.

His debut album, Waitin' in the Country, produced three consecutive Top 40 hits — "Alyssa Lies", "Livin' Our Love Song" and "I Can Sleep When I'm Dead."

Carroll’s sixth single, "Numbers," was released on March 28, 2011, and was the first song from his third album, also titled Numbers. Numbers is sold exclusively through Cracker Barrel stores.

Lee made a name for himself in Nashville as lead singer for the successful country band The Lost Trailers. The title track from their album Holler Back, reached No. 9 on the country charts in late 2008 and the band was nominated for Top Vocal Group at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards.

On Saturday, things get started early:

 • Volunteers will gather at 8 a.m. at Tarboro’s Riverfront Park to participate in the Riverkeeper Cup Challenge.

The challenge, in its fourth year, is a concerted effort from individuals, groups and communities along the Tar and Pamlico rivers to clean up the waterways.

Six communities — Tarboro, Granville County, Oxford, Greenville, Rocky Mount and Washington — are participation.

• At 9 a.m., Edgecombe Community College’s 4th annual Historic Preservation Trades School gets under way with headliner Roy Underhill. Underhill, who lives in Pittsboro and is the host of PBS’ “The Woodwright’s Shop,” will be a guest speaker for the day-long event.

In addition to Underhill’s presentation, preservation demonstrations in blacksmithing, slate and metal roofing, masonry, timber framing, carpentry, painting, window repair and other topics will be featured.

Spaces are still available and interested persons may register by calling Monika Fleming at 823-5166, ext. 241 or by email at

• At 10 a.m., the Movin’ for Community Outreach 5k and 1M race will begin at Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church to benefit Tarboro Community Outreach, Edgecombe County’s food distribution ministry and men’s and women’s shelter.

The event also features a 5k walk and run and a quarter-mile Kids Fun Run through downtown Tarboro. The 5k race is a USATF certified course.

Registration will begin 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. The children’s race is scheduled to start at 9:40 a.m.

TCO operates a 26-man homeless shelter and provides more than 350 meals a week for Edgecombe County needy.

• Also beginning at 10 a.m., the Old Sparta Historical Preservation Society will hold a Brunswick Stew sale at the old Primitive Baptist Church building, located about a quarter-mile west of the Old Sparta crossroads. The sale will continue until 2 p.m. and proceeds from the $6.50 quarts will held fund roof repairs on the more than 150-year old building.

On Sunday, church congregations of the Christian faith begin observance of Holy Week with Palm Sunday services.