We are excited to announce a newcomer to the Plaza Outdoor Stage! Hank, Pattie & The Current is a Raleigh-based quintet fronted by two veteran North Carolina’s bluegrass musicians, Hank Smith on banjo and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw on fiddle and vocals. Joining forces with some of the Triangle area’s most versatile musicians, their sound is a soulful evolution of American acoustic music weaving bluegrass into the tapestry of jazz, blues, and classical styles. The band is on tour regionally and nationally in 2016 in support of their new, self-titled album on Robust Records.
The band makes use of traditional bluegrass instrumentation in a nontraditional way to play original music that goes beyond the limits of the idiom. The music is vocal and instrumental, allowing the band to experiment with arrangements and tailor the compositions to become vehicles for exploration. The band is rounded out with Ben Parker on guitar and vocals, Robert Thornhill on mandolin and vocals, and E. Scott Warren on bass.