Eddie Rose show to raise Head Start funds
Another great bluegrass band comes to Smoky Mountain Roasters Saturday night Sept. 14 to benefit Haywood and Jackson County Head Start programs.
Eddie Rose and Highway 40 starts at 7 p.m. at the coffee shop on Hazelwood Avenue in the business block of the Hazelwood community. Rose is remembered by followers of good bluegrass and gospel music as the leader of "Hazel Creek" which was a local favorite for some 25 years.
With Highway 40, the strong singer is joined by Mike Ramsey, David Wiseman, Perry Woodie and Roger Lephew and they are causing quite a stir on the bluegrass scene. Eddie Rose's voice and talent are well-known.
When Haywood County's internationally known chart-topping band Balsam Range needed someone at a moment's notice to help them fulfill contractual obligations after vocalist Buddy Melton's serious farm accident last year, they called Eddie Rose.
He didn't disappoint. Eddie and Highway 40 are headed to Raleigh in a couple of weeks to perform in several venues at the International Bluegrass Music Association's gathering in Raleigh.
"We look forward to playing at Smoky Mountain Roasters," said Rose who performed at Plott Fest 2013, Head Start's super-successful summer bluegrass-and-bear-dog festival. "We're hoping for a good turnout for Head Start."
Head Start has a friend in Smoky Mountain Roasters. Several times a year owner Kevin Duckett tranforms his coffee roasting operation and snack shop into one of the most popular intimate listening rooms around, always to benefit Head Start. Tables are put away, rows of folding chairs come out and a band sets up in front of the big front windows.
"It's a pleasure to bring good music here, and an honor to partner with such a worthwhile program as Head Start," said Duckett who does not charge admission. Contributions are welcome and coffee is for sale.