Photos by Gabriel Nelson


Hank, Pattie and the Current’s music is an energetic style of music, spanning from traditional bluegrass to powerful Americana-esque sounds with classical sounds intertwined.

Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw, whose experience on the violin began at the early age of 4, is well-versed as a classical violinist, but with Hank, Pattie and the Current, she takes playing to the next level with powerful and expertly executed fiddlin’. Patti blends her voice – soulful and haunting at times – that transcends the bluegrass genre. Patti’s voice is full of subtle rebellion and hope.

Hank Smith, native of South Carolina, spent much of his teenage years playing the banjo. He expanded his love of music, learning from local musicians in his area through the Southeastern Bluegrass Association’s monthly “jam concerts” in South Carolina. When he went to college in Rock Hill, South Carolina, he found a community of musicians where he became influenced by rock, jazz, reggae, folk, blues and classical genres. To this day, those influences are as evident as his love of banjo playing while he performs.

Robert Thornhill, mandolin and vocals; Benjamin Parker, guitar and vocals; and Scott Warren, bass, take Hank, Patti and the Current to the next level with their experience and energy.

Hank, Patti and the Current, as a band have performed at more than 100 shows across the nation, competed for a spot on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, been the featured performers for the Oak City Sessions in Raleigh and have released three albums.

And this October they will take the stage for ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now’s Bluegrass, BBQ & Brew fall fundraiser, bringing to Brock Farm in Winterville, a beautiful, patently southern and soulful sound.

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