Jonah Riddle is 16 years old and grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina
From the first time he picked up the banjo, he fell in love.He has been playing the banjo for 4 1/2 years. He started out playing at church three times a week. He enjoys bluegrass/gospel music so much that he decided to start his own band, Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express, which consists of his brother Grayson…11, on guitar/vocals and his dad Benjie Riddle on the upright bass.
Grayson has been playing the guitar for almost 2 years. From the time he was only 5 years old he would try to pick his guitar at each church service. But, as time went on the Lord gave him talent to be able to play and sing.
Playing weekly, Jonah and Grayson has had the privilege of picking on stage with many great artists such as Doyle Lawson, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Balsam Range, Ralph Stanley 2, Nu Blu, Ricky Skaggs and Kody Norris.
They have appeared on several different TV and radio stations.
They also love to dress the part, which always includes a tie…dress jacket..and dress pants and Grayson’s signature shoes. He has red and white wing tips, and white shoes like Jimmy Martin used to wear. The crowd favorite is his pair of hot pink tie ups. I think his picture has been taken 100 times with those shoes on.
Jonah and Grayson has performed for the Raleigh State Fair, The Ryman Auditorium Courtyard for Bluegrass Nights, they are in Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars and performed at IBMA Kids on Bluegrass, Woodsongs…Lyric Theatre in KY, an event that included Mr. JD Crowe, Houstonfest, The Orchard at Altapass, the NC State Bluegrass festival, Bluegrass First Class, The Earl Scruggs Center, The Pickin’ Porch in Bristol hosted by Tim White, and The Museum of Appalachia along with many other venues, charities, and festivals. They also won ‘Best of Show” at the Smokey Mountain Railfest in Bryson City, N.C.
Jonah is also endorsed by Deering Banjos, GHS strings and Peterson tuners.
They give God the credit for all the wonderful opportunities that HE allows them to have.