Lorraine Jordan, also known as “Lady of Tradition” is the founder, mandolin player, and face of Carolina Road. Her showmanship and chemistry with the audience makes the group one of the most popular bands among bluegrass fans today. Carolina Road is fully dedicated to presenting that traditional sound, and their performance is energetic and hard driving, with invigorating instrumentals, like Lorraine’s signature “Monroe-style mandolin” chop, and smooth blending vocals. Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in bluegrass, averaging 60 bluegrass festivals in the U.S. and Canada annually along with headlining the Bluegrass Cruise and hosting the Canadian Bluegrass Awards.
Carolina Road features the talents of “Master Fiddler” Josh Goforth and Ben Greene on banjo, who have been with the group from the beginning, adding in Eddie Biggerstaff on bass, and Tommy Long, on guitar and lead vocals. When Tommy Long joined last year, Lorraine says the final piece finally came together. Lorraine’s tenor vocals are a perfect blend with Tommy Long, creating richly textured harmonies. Having fronted Carolina Road for over a decade, Lorraine continues to be the driving force behind Carolina Road’s popularity and longevity as a consummate performer, songwriter, emcee and show organizer.