Western NC is a haven for music-and the musicians who play it. It only takes a little looking or asking around to find live music-mostly free for the listening.
-Just before 7:00 on Tuesday nights you can find folks lining up to contra dance at the John C. Campbell Folk School. The actual musicians who play for the dancers may vary-but the quality of the music is always outstanding. If you’re not into dancing-just come hear the music-it’s free either way.
-On Friday nights the folk school offers free (but donations are welcomed) concerts open to the public you can read more about it here.
-Twice in the last few months I’ve seen Cornbread Ted & The Butter Beans. If you’ve never heard their music-you should-they’re so good someone told Paul they felt sorry for the Blind Pig Gang having to perform after them at the JCCFS’s Fall Festival.
-A few weeks ago-me and the girls visited Jimmy’s Pick N Grin in Andrews, NC. Live music-and a whole dance floor of folks from the audience flat footing-now that was fun to watch. Of course Chatter and Chitter had to get in on the dancing too.
-Paul and I recently drove over the mountain to Franklin, NC and caught a show of one of my all time favorite groups-The Del McCoury Band. They put on an outstanding concert at the Smoky Mountain Center For The Performing Arts-of course this one wasn’t free-but I promise it was worth every cent of the money.
-The Blind Pig Family’s new favorite music venue in western NC-takes place on Saturday nights-at the Ice Cream Parlor in Hayesville, NC. You can eat supper-they serve more than icecream-then enjoy the free jam session that goes on in the back of the old timey store.