Print

E-Mail Story

Comment

News Letter Sign up


Not playing second fiddle


October 02, 2017

1 Image

The first time I heard then 15-year-old Micahlan Boney play the fiddle, I was attending “Tales from the Altamaha” in Lyons, Georgia. The locally produced historical vignette style show features a four-piece band known as the “River Rat Review Band.” I’d been in the show the previous year, and by the end of the show, I was terribly disappointed that I didn’t have the opportunity to join the cast again. The opportunity to work with such a talent is always high on my priority list.

 

Three years later, I was finally given the chance to work with Miss Boney when she joined the “Bodacious Bobcat Band” for the Averitt Center’s production of Always, Patsy Cline. In the weeks leading up to the show, and during the performances, she once again left everyone, audience and cast alike, in awe of her skill and talent.  Sixteen-year-old Michalan Boney is making a mark, and not just in the Statesboro Music Scene, but around the state, and beyond. With awards across the state for everything from her fiddle to her vocals including her most recent win at 2017 Savannah KIX 96 Country Music Showdown with local legend John Alan Brown, she’s caught the eye of many of the area’s greatest musicians. And her genuine, humble, gentle spirit captures the heart of piers and fans alike.

 

Dylan Bragg, formerly of Bragg and Company and now performing as “The Other Bragg,” is a long-time friend, and had this to say about her: “She's an amazingly talented, beautiful soul. Quick with a smile and kind words. Always ready to play and spread music everywhere she goes. Just absolutely amazing!”

 

Most well known as a fiddle player, she is also accomplished on mandolin, guitar and banjo. Aside from her passion for music, however, she was inspired by her “big brother” in music, Wesley Bragg, who was the first to bring her on stage and give her a venue for her musical voice. She has followed in his footsteps and continues his legacy of encouraging young musicians, especially young girls.

 

When she isn’t playing with her band Micahlan Boney and the Pig Eye Daddies, you can find her sitting in with everyone from Dylan Bragg to Jerry Roberson. Roberson, local piano man extraordinaire (as well as everyone’s go-to piano tuner!), brought her on for the Patsy Cline show, and had tremendous praise for the young talent.

 

“She is the whole package,” says Roberson. “Talented, smart, congenial, and driven.”

 

In the near future, I have the privilege of working with Roberson, Boney and the rest of the cast and band for a “Ladies of Country Music” show at the Kiwanis Fair in Statesboro, and then again in March for a reprise of our roles in Always, Patsy Cline at the Averitt featuring myself, Christie McLendon, Roberson, Boney and several other well-known local instrumentalists.

 

Currently, Micahlan is working on a project that combines two of her greatest loves - history and music. She is putting together a tribute to Bob Dylan at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Library. Featuring local leaders, writers, and musicians, the January 28 event will showcase some of Statesboro’s “Who’s Who” reading and performing some of Dylan’s best loved poems and songs. The event, planned in cooperation with our local “Friends of the Statesboro Library,” will help to raise funds for the library.

“By bringing the library into the equation we're trying to blend arts of live music, spoken word, and literature together.”

With all of this going on, it’s easy to see why she isn’t playing second fiddle to anyone. Local musicians and fans alike are just waiting to see what this talented young lady is destined for. Wherever she goes, we know she’ll be successful!

 


Print

E-Mail Story

News Letter Sign up

Bookmark and Share
« Previous Story | Next Story »
 

COMMENTS

http://www.connectstatesboro.com/ encourages readers to interact with one another. We will not edit your comments, but we reserve the right to delete any inappropriate responses. To report offensive or inappropriate comments, contact our editor. The comments below are from readers of http://www.connectstatesboro.com/ and do not necessarily represent the views of Publication or Morris Multimedia.

You must be logged in to post comments.  [LOGIN]



You must be logged in to post comments.  [LOGIN]