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.
I wish you could visit the music spots in western NC-but since most of you live too far away for that-I'll do the next best thing-share some of the Blind Pig Gang's weekly jam sessions with 3 of you. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a cd of the Blind Pig Gang-if you win-you choose 10 songs from my music player in the top right of this page-just make sure you only pick songs that are by Paul Wilson or The Pressley Girls. Giveaway ends on Wednesday Oct. 27.