by Gargs Allard
Photos by Elaine Thorne

The Peyton Brothers and the Harris Brothers played bluegrass, old time country, American, blues and rock n roll to a sellout crowd at Heartwood Soundstage on Wednesday, February 13.

Despite being in obvious pain and discomfort from a possible rotator cuff problem, Harris Brothers’ bassist, Ryan Harris, played admirably and expertly to some of the best guitar picking this side of the Delta from that of his elder brother Reggie. The brothers, from Lenoir North Carolina, performed songs like “Mojo Working” and Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing” to the delight of fans who were mostly drawn by the more local Peyton Brothers.

The Peyton Brothers later took the stage and were a sight to behold, as the four brothers from Jacksonville, who have been playing together for 45 years, mock-bickered on stage while singing in harmonic accord, while playing various guitars, an upright bass, banjos and mandolins. One of the brother’s sons, who the band described as by far the best guitar player on the stage. joined in halfway into the performance to show that musical talent certainly runs in the family.

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