Jam series concert at WCU to feature James Leva, Stuart Brothers

Mar 03, 2014
James Leva

The 2013-14 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, March 6, with a concert featuring multi-instrumentalist James Leva of Lexington, Va., and Haywood County’s own Trevor and Travis Stuart.

Also a singer and songwriter, Leva learned much of his fiddle, banjo and vocal repertoire from traditional music masters such as Tommy Jarrell and Doug Wallin. In the 1990s, Leva joined with three other musicians to create the Free Will Savages, an ensemble referred to by dobro master Jerry Douglas as “the perfect marriage between Ralph Stanley and the Sex Pistols.” In recent years, Leva has been performing with the group Purgatory Mountain.

Leva will be joined on the Mountain Heritage Center stage by the Stuart brothers, two old-time musicians who grew up in the Bethel community in the shadow of Cold Mountain.

The 7 p.m. concert will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate. Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam session, which also is open to those who just want to listen.

The final concert and jam in this year’s series will be held Thursday, April 3, and will feature the band Crooked Pine.

The events are free and open to everyone. The Mountain Heritage Center is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For more information, call the museum at 828-227-7129.

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