It's Homemade and Nothing Beats That!
Mark your calendar. It’s time for Homemade Music. On Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Advanced Technologies building, extremely talented local musicians will take the stage at Rockingham Community College for the fifteenth annual RCC Musicians’ Guild Homemade Music Concert. Although admission is free, donations are encouraged. Each year, 100 percent of the donations are given to the local Habitat for Humanity. This year’s lineup includes Chords and Strings, Trinity and Campus Tradition. It also includes newcomer Troublesome Highway, a band featuring RCC psychology instructor Anne Marie Freeman on vocals. This female-fronted cover band employs powerful lead vocals and heart-melting harmonies. Troublesome Highway covers a wide spectrum of artists – new and old country, southern and classic rock – in their own unique, high-energy style.
Chords and Strings, a dulcimer ensemble, grew out of a continuing education class at RCC taught by Carolyn Anderson. In addition to lap and hammered dulcimers, the ensemble includes flute, guitar and wash-tub bass.
Trinity is a trio of amazing youths – Jesse Smathers, Courtney Burroughs Rorrer, and Taylor Rorrer. Two of the three are RCC graduates and the third is an RCC student. All three have performed professionally and toured with notable bluegrass and country performers. Taylor Rorrer performed with his father’s band on a number-one song on the beach music charts.
Finishing out the evening is the ever-popular string band, Campus Tradition, comprised of current and retired RCC staff and faculty. This year, they will be joined by Jesse Smathers, son of Campus Tradition member, Dave Smathers. The four principle members came together as a band while they were working at RCC. Together, they built Homemade Music into an annual tradition. It’s proven to be a fun and popular way to spend an evening each February.