Meet the Kollard Kings The Kollard Kings specialize in old-time string band songs from Charlotte’s surprising heyday as a country music recording center back in the 1930s, the roots of what would become “bluegrass.”

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All photos by Resa Treadaway

Tom Estes on banjo is past president of Charlotte Folk Society.
Tom Estes on banjo is past president of Charlotte Folk Society.
"Prince Albert” Dulin picks tasty mandolin licks.
“Prince Albert” Dulin picks tasty mandolin licks.
Guitarist Donny Murray is known for his comic songs on the John Boy
Guitarist Donny Murray is known for his comic songs on the John Boy & Billy radio show.
West Virginia-born Michael Plumley thumps the doghouse bass.
West Virginia-born Michael Plumley thumps the doghouse bass.
Community historian Dr. Tom Hanchett saws the fiddle.
Community historian Dr. Tom Hanchett saws the fiddle.