The Lewis Family Biography

The Lewis Family is known to many of their fans as “The First Family of Bluegrass Gospel”. The group originated from Lincolnton, a modest Georgia community (some 1,500 residents) located in the northeastern portions of Georgia, close to the South Carolina state line.

Lincolnton is named after Benjamin Lincoln, a Revolutionary War general, and the Lewis Family infused their shows with typical country charm and a characteristic thick Southern accent.

Originally, the band included Roy “Pop” Lewis, the family patriarch, on bass, daughters “Miggie” Polly and Janis (vocalists) and sons Wallace (guitar), Talmadge (mandolin & fiddle), Roy M. “Little Roy” ( banjo).


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The First Family of Bluegrass Gospel

The Lewis Family is known for their distinctive sound emphasized by the often hilariously blazing banjo virtuoso Little Roy Lewis.
Another characteristic is the enormous bass drum, accompanied by the phenomenal vocal harmonies by the Lewis daughters who were always identically dressed.

For several decades, the Lewis Family dominated the Georgia bluegrass festival scene, and the band was nothing less than a Georgia musical institution.

It is for good reasons that their name of the “First Family of Bluegrass Gospel” got its way. Roy “Pop” Lewis actually was using a ladder in 1925 to help Pauline Holloway, “Mom” Lewis at age just 15 escape her family home to go to McCormick, South Carolina.


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When I have a hard day I listen to the Lewis family music. Recently it happened when my little ones start screaming and protesting.

After trying unsuccessfully for several minutes to calm her down I left, knowing she’d eventually fall asleep. I went back down to the kitchen, turned on The Lewis Family soundtrack and started to do the dishes.