Traditional Music with an Original Sound                  Original Music Steeped in Tradition

The Zinc Kings met playing old-time music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Their music blends traditions from the North Carolina Piedmont, including old-time, early bluegrass, Piedmont blues, and folk songs, with their songwriting and arranging sensibilities. The Zinc Kings' high-energy performances have earned them top prizes at folk festivals across North Carolina. Equally at home on the festival stage or the theatre stage, The Zinc Kings' original music for Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" (with the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, Raleigh Little Theatre and Bare Theater) was nominated for Best Original Music by IndyWeek. The Zinc Kings' upcoming album is their most ambitious yet, featuring original music recorded live in the historic Sunset Theater in Asheboro, North Carolina. They continue to be inspired by the people and places in North Carolina that have made the Piedmont their home. 



Knee to knee, not family, and yet we love like kin”

The Zinc Kings, "Born Again in the Red Clay"

"Born Again in the Red Clay" Live at the Carolina Theatre of Greensboro

In The Tradition

The Zinc Kings have been crowd favorites at traditional music festivals, including

The Charlie Poole Music Festival 1st Place Old-Time Band (2013); 2nd Place Old-Time Band (2014)

Fiddler’s Grove Old-Time Fiddlers and Bluegrass Festival 2nd Place Old-Time Band (2012)

Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention 3rd Place Old-Time Band (2017, 2018)

Hoppin’ John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers Convention 1st Place Non-Traditional Band (2013); 3rd Place Old-Time Band (2018)

The Mount Airy Blue Grass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention 4th Place Old-Time Band (2018)

Union Grove Fiddlers Convention 2nd Place Old-Time Band (2016)

...the Forest of Arden is to be found in the hills of Appalachia, as PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, sponsors the appearance of the Zinc Kings, whose traditional music suffuses this show with a solid down-home feel.”

Classical Voice of North Carolina

On The Stage

The Zinc Kings have contributed traditional and original music to live theatre productions

Shakespeare’s As You Like It Original music for Shakespearean song/text; on-stage music and house band. Produced by Bare Theatre and Raleigh Little Theatre, 2013.

Company K: From Asheboro to the Fields of France Original music and sound design; on-stage musicians and house band. Produced by RhinoLeap Productions, 2018, 2019.

WMKS: Where Music Kills Sorrow On-stage music and house band. Produced by North Carolina State University Summer Stock Theater, 2011.

In The Community

The Zinc Kings are committed to working in and with local communities

The Eastern Music Festival Chamber Crawl (

The Charlie Poole Music Festival with Bob Carlin & Cheick Hamala Diabate, and Seth Swingle (

The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music Performance Series (

Knit the Bridge in Lindley Park (

Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park (

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