I always loved singing. Old songs and stories have always captivated me. When I was a teenager I heard Sheila Kay Adams from Madison County, North Carolina.
Her songs, family stories, and powerful singing inspired me. I started doing gigs after that, and listening to field recordings. I have put out three albums with my family as a band (Jon Newlin, Amy Davis, and Sandy LaPrelle, plus our neighbor Jim Lloyd). You can listen and buy them at
the video to the right: a favorite song performed with Kirk Sutphin on banjo
The song below: recorded with my mother, Sandy LaPrelle.