Zinc Kings: Piedmont Old Time String Band

Thursday, August 9, 7:30 p.m.


An outdoor concert with The Zinc Kings, an old time band from the Piedmont. Featuring Christen Blanton Mack; fiddle, banjo; Dan Clouse; banjo, washboard, tuba; Mark Dillon; guitar, banjo; Ryan Mack; bass, ukulele, bad jokes.



Footnotes Breezeway

634 W 4th St  #120, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 602-1087
Directions: http://www.foothillsbrewing.com/footnote/


  • Street parking is available on W. 4th St.
  • Parking is available behind Footnotes building off Holly Street and in the Nash Building parking lot at the corner of Poplar and W. 4th St.
  • Handicapped parking is available in the parking lot next to Footnotes at Foundations Early Learning Center.
  • On weekends or weekdays after 6 p.m., visitors may also use the parking lot next to Bookmarks at Foundations Early Learning Center.



The Zinc Kings began in the fall of 2010 when musicians playing in the University of North Carolina Greensboro Old Time ensemble. Christen Blanton, Dan Clouse and Mark Dillon realized that while they loved Appalachian music there was a huge area of music that was not being addressed, the music of the North Carolina Piedmont. Music from this region tends to be more heavily influenced by the blues tradition and it is reflected in the playing of many of the tunes played. After starting the band they quickly found themselves overwhelmed by demand for music from the North Carolina Piedmont.

Each the three founding members have long backgrounds in music. Blanten is a professional viola player, Dillon a longtime songwriter and Clouse a professional tuba player. Very few of these skills make it into the Zinc Kings but their experience in playing the music is reflected in their lively performances.

Since their inception as a band in the fall of 2010 The Zinc Kings have been playing seemingly non-stop including performances at local venues and festivals including Hoppin John fiddle festival, The Charlie Poole Festival, Fiddlers Grove, Asheville's Bele Chere Festival and multiple private engagements. In the summer of 2011 The Zinc Kings became the house band for the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Theaterfest production of Where Music Kills Sorrow.

In the spring of 2011 The Zinc Kings released their self-titled debut album The Zinc KIngs. Recorded over the course of a extended weekend with no overdubs and two microphones the album is an accurate representation of The Zinc Kings live performances.