Jeff Little Trio set to perform July 29 at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines

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SOUTHERN PINES — Imagine for a moment, if you will, the first time you witnessed the incomparable musicianship of the traditional-Americana legend, Doc Watson. Now, take it a step further, and try to picture the wide-eyed amazement of a 5-year-old child sitting at the knee of the master.

That’s exactly what happened to pianist, Jeff Little, who will be appearing along with his trio at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines on July 29. His parents owned a music store in Boone and Doc was a frequent visitor. He often would come in and play on Christmas Eve. Little tells the story of one particular Christmas Eve when his parents sold 29 guitars.

“Apparently, they all thought they would go home and learn to play like Doc,” Little said.

Today Little is an accomplished musician. He and the Jeff Little Trio, including national award-winning banjo player and guitarist Steve Lewis and bassist Josh Scott have traveled the world showcasing Little’s unique piano style. All hail from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and are schooled in the music traditions of that corner of the world. They have appeared numerous times on PBS, at the Smithsonian Institution, American Piano Masters, Merlefest, and many other festivals and venues.

The trio also performs American swing, rockabilly, country, gospel, sometimes jazz.

The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. on July 29. Doors open at 6:30.

Tickets can be purchased at the theater, which is located at 244 NW Broad St., Southern Pines, by phone at 910-692-3611, or online at:

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