The band


Having a solid foundation in American Roots Music, as well as the English and Irish folk music traditions,  the Pedigos having been entertaining audiences at festivals, parks and private parties with their unique style of  acoustic music, The Pedigos have the old time sound reminiscent of the Delmore and Monroe Brothers as well as the newer influences of Jamie Harford, the Louvin Brothers and the Byrds.  They recall a time when the traditions of live music were more prevalent in day to day activities and when music brought people together as a community activity.  This duo brings brings original music as well as folk, bluegrass, county and rhythm & blues to share with listeners.  Their talent with playing a number of instruments allow them to create distinctive ensembles that give audiences a full repertoire of  acoustic music styles.  Their shows are entertaining and enjoyable-  check out their show schedule and make plans to see them in person.    

Ben Pedigo


"I remember seeing my cousin Bill Pounds Gibson banjo when we visited his family in West Tennessee. I was seven and immediately knew that I wanted to be a banjo player.  Growing up in Atlanta, I started going to the Everetts Barn with Henry Hudson and Dave Absher.  About 10 years later I started playing at Six Flags over Georgia with my Henderson High School friends Walter and Charles Absher and Steve Anderson.  Music brought me to Nashville where I was fortunate to perform with Buck, Sharon and Cheryl White, Bill Monroe and Norman Blake.  After finishing college at Vanderbilt, my music brought me to Chattanooga where I was part of a wonderful band, Maple on the Hill, with Steve Peck, Don Cassell, Doug Barron and Ed Cullis.  In Chattanooga, I also performed with the Dismembered Tennesseans- Frank McDonald, Fletcher Bright and Ansley Moses.  Ansley has the distinction of being the only legally deaf bluegrass musician active in the music business.  While in college, I became interested in the river and the architecture of buildings in rive towns which led me to getting a job on the Julia Belle Swain- where I performed with Ace Trone, Scott Stoke and Jamie Harford.  Music and the river took me to Ripley, Ohio where I met my wife Kimberlee.  We have three children; Harrison, Katherine and Grace.  All our children play music which has been a joy.  Music became a real family thing when I started playing with Kim's brother Forrest Utley.  Forrest is a wonderful singer, guitar and harmonica player.  We performed at Kentucky State Parks and regional festivals. Recently, my son and I started to perform together and it has been great- I think you will enjoy our style of music".

Harry Pedigo


"There’s a fiddler’s convention down in Galax, Virginia that my father and uncle took me to when I was growing up. I remember hearing them play fiddle tunes like 'Red Haired Boy', 'Old Joe Clark' and 'Angelina Baker' around the campfire - I picked up the fiddle shortly after that. My dad and uncle had a group called “Gunpowder Creek” (named after a tributary of the Licking River near my uncles farm in Boone County) and I would sit in with them during shows and festivals to try and learn some of the tunes they were playing. I have a lot of really fond memories of playing with them - my uncle Forrest and I would sit out on the back porch together when I came to visit and he would show me licks on the guitar and teach me old Bob Dylan songs while dad would work with me on the melodies of old-time fiddle tunes he'd  picked up from all the Bluegrassers he'd played with. When I wasn’t playing out with my dad and uncle, I used to go on over to Augusta, Kentucky on a ferry boat about 10 miles from the house. There I’d play on the street corner for tips and work on polishing the old-time fiddle tunes I’d picked up. Leo Blair from Morehead, Kentucky also made a big impact on me as far as music goes. I use to meet with him in downtown Maysville, Kentucky and he would teach me old-time tunes and talk about history and tradition of fiddle music. One of the tunes he taught me was a rendition of Sally Ann that he put together after hearing a neighbor of his whistle the tune when he was growing up. In the Fall of 2015, Leo took me down to Elliottville, Kentucky where I bought a circa 1890 Maggini copy from his friend Steve Ratcliff. It's definitely the best fiddle I've ever owned and I hope that the old-time tunes I play on it do it justice".

 

Photographer: Caitie Vaughn