Deitz Family

Three generations of Jackson County’s Deitz Family will perform traditional mountain and country music at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Jackson County Library’s Community Room. Pictured are three generations of Deitz fiddlers, from left: Bill Deitz, his daughter Chrystal Deitz and his granddaughter Ella Ledford. Accompanying them are Joe Deitz on guitar, Delores Deitz on bass and Linda Deitz Ledford on keyboards.

Live mountain music is planned at the Jackson County Genealogical Society’s next program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.

The featured performers will be former Mountain Heritage Award winners The Deitz Family band, composed of brothers Joe and Bill Deitz, Bill’s wife Delores, his daughters Chrystal Deitz and Linda Ledford, and his granddaughter Ella Ledford. The event will be held in the Jackson County Library’s Community Room, which is located in the Library’s Courthouse wing.

Members of The Deitz Family live on Tathams Creek on land their family settled around 1820. Through the years, various family members have collected and performed mountain folk music. 

Bill and Joe Deitz learned much of their music from their father, David Deitz, who played the pump organ and harmonica, and from their uncles, J.C. and Waye Cabe, who played guitar and mandolin. Their banjo and fiddle music is based largely on that of Samantha Bumgarner and Harry Cagle, two legendary local musicians. Additional musical influences include The Carter Family as well as other early country and bluegrass performers.

“Younger family members have modernized a bit, so you may also hear some original material, yodeling, newer country and who knows what else on Oct. 10,” Joe Deitz said.

Genealogy Society programs and events are always free and open to the public. More information on the Society is available by calling the office at 631-2646 during office hours, visiting www.jcgsnc.org or on Facebook at Jackson County Genealogical Society.