Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Aug 14, 2013
Photo by: Jessi Stone Balsam Range performs at the annual Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam.

I hope you didn’t let all the rain ruin your weekend plans because there was plenty to do around Haywood, including some great music.

I decided to drive on out to Fines Creek for the jam when the rain stopped Saturday afternoon. It was the first time I’ve been up that way — what a beautiful drive! The sun was coming out and the Dismembered Tennesseans were taking the stage.

The grass surrounding the Fines Creek Community Center was sopping wet from an earlier shower but people were set up under tents enjoying the music. But it didn’t last long — the bottom dropped out again as the band was wrapping up its set. I waited it out under a tent and chowed down on some boiled peanuts.

It let up again just in time for Balsam Range to take the stage for its first hour at 6 p.m. But the only ones on the dance floor cutting loose were the kids — the only ones who don’t mind getting a little wet.

Up and coming country artist Matt Stillwell was having a great show in Maggie Valley despite the weather. I know he had some big-name record labels checking him out that night so I hope it was a great success.

It is always good to see our local musicians doing well and making their dream come true. It may sound cheesy but it’s inspiration for the rest of us — not to mention we’ll be able to say we knew him when.

Like Balsam Range, even though they’ve “made it” by so many standards, they haven’t left us. They’re still accessible — they’re here in the county playing shows all the time, including the Bluegrass Jam Saturday.

I was standing on the stage right behind them so I could get some good pictures and I had a thought. So if any of you are reading, I want to sing a song with you guys some day (soon.) My husband and I do a cover of “If It Hadn’t Been For Love,” by The Steel Drivers (bluegrass band), but it just isn’t the same with just vocals and a guitar.

Give it a listen — it’s a great song and I love singing it. We sang it Friday night at The Wineseller. It was our first time playing there and we had such a great time. It’s a great feeling when people sing along to your music and stay an extra hour after their dinner is done just to listen. Thanks to the Wineseller for having us and hopefully we’ll be back soon!


Inside the Guide

The summer is winding down in Haywood County but there is still plenty to do. The Haywood County Fair begins early next week at the fairgrounds. A county fair is always a great expression of a community and what it represents.

Our county fair will have plenty of activities for the entire family — rides, games, food, petting zoo, arts and crafts, chicken shows, mule-pulling contest, 4-H competitions and more. All the information and schedules for the fair can be found in the center of The Guide.

Also, you’ll want to read my Q&A with author Susan Reinhardt. The columnist for The Asheville Citizen Times has released a new novel, “Chimes of a Crack Southern Belle,” with a bunch of southern charm and she’ll be signing copies of it at Blue Ridge Books at 3 p.m. this Sunday. I’ve already started reading it, and Susan promised it only gets juicier!

I think many southern women will be able to relate to this book and find the humor in it because we all have some crazy characters in our families and mothers who never say the right thing. So pick up a copy at Blue Ridge Books soon.

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