BY DOMINIQUE WALDKevin Pace became familiar with gospel and bluegrass at a young age.
His father was a member of the Pace Trio in the late ’50s and ’60s and traveled around Georgia to sing on stage with gospel legends Hovie Lister and the Statesman Quartet.
In 2010, Kevin Pace formed his own band, Kevin Pace & the Early Edition, and they now plan to share their music at the Valley Bluegrass Stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at Clarkston High School.
The Early Edition includes Christopher Arndt on banjo, Josh Robertson on guitar and Jim Adams on double bass.
For those attending the show, Pace said he and the Early Edition don’t stray from tradition.
“People can expect some pretty well-dressed guys, and we love sticking to our roots with our bluegrass and gospel,” Pace said. “They can also expect some comedy along the way.”
Influenced and inspired by gospel and bluegrass musicians like as Doyle Lawson, Bill Monroe and Ricky Skags, Kevin Pace & the Early Edition believe in “old school” performing, meaning they all work off one mic on stage.
Pace is no stranger to performing live, as he’s opened for Dr. Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Rhonda Vincent and the Gibson Brothers.
“I love to see the audience’s response when we’re performing – whether that be cheering or when we do a sad song and we can see that emotion in their faces,” Pace said.
If you go
WHAT: Valley Bluegrass Stage, featuring Kevin Pace & the Early Edition.
WHEN: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, show starts at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Clarkston High School, 401 Chestnut St., Clarkston
COST: $5 at the door, children younger than 15 are free with an adult