Rolling with Stone
I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend here in Haywood County and I hope you spent it with someone you love whether it was a significant other, spouse, friends or family.
I managed to fit most of those groups into my fun-filled weekend. I had some friends come up from Athens, Georgia that I haven’t seen since last summer. It was great to catch up with one of my favorite couples and hear about their 6-month old baby they left at home for the first time so they could enjoy their Valentine’s Day. I took them to The Sweet Onion for a delicious lunch and then to Frog Level Brewing to fulfill their craving for western North Carolina craft beer.
Jazzing it up with Eve Haslam
While they moved on to Asheville that evening, Matt and I got ready to join our newly acquired friends, Fay and Ben Grant, at The Classic Wineseller for a special dinner and show. Fay wrote a column in last week’s Guide about wine pairing so I let her pick our wine — and we were not disappointed.
Local jazz vocalist Eve Haslam was on hand with Satin Steel Jazz to set the mood for the romantic, dim lit dinner. The show was sold out a week before the event and after hearing Eve perform for the first time, it’s easy to know why. Haslam chose to do several Barbra Streisand numbers, and while I wouldn’t consider myself a Streisand fan, Eve’s styling is completely different that Streisand’s — in a fantastic way. And the string bass (Shannon Hoover) and piano (Simon Thomas George) complement her so well.
Eve’s voice is so delicate yet so powerful and you can see and hear her passion for the music when she performs. She makes it seem so effortless, but her kind of talent is becoming more rare these days. As she got into the music — so did everyone else in the Wineseller. Even though there is very little room to dance in the dining area, especially with a packed house, there were a few who just had to get up and move to the beat.
This was Eve’s first performance of 2014 and if you missed it, you’ll definitely want to keep track of where she’ll be by visiting www.evehaslam.com. Her first album was released last year and is also available through her website and her new album, “Beautiful Love,” will be released this year.
Showing off WNC
I love getting to play the host and introduce people to all the wonderful things we have here in town. Next weekend I will play host to my best friend and her boyfriend who has never been to Waynesville or Asheville. Thanks to Carol and Paul Viau, who gave Matt and me their annual guest tickets, we’ll have a free trip to The Biltmore House on Saturday.
They are staying at one of Waynesville’s many beautiful bed and breakfasts, Andon-Reid Inn, where we will be having dinner. And if I can talk them into it, Rachel Brooke, the underground queen of country, will be playing at the Water’n Hole starting at 9 p.m.
I had never heard of her before last week when I got a press release about her upcoming show in Waynesville. But after listening to her music and reading up on her, I think I will really enjoy her show. She’s vintage country with a classic voice (reminds me of Nancy Sinatra) but her songs are her own original style. So hopefully I’ll see you all at The Water’n Hole Saturday night. Read the complete story about Brooke on page 11.