The Songcatchers of Haywood County

Eddie Rose and Highway 40 CD release is Oct. 22
Oct 19, 2016
Photo by: Donated photo

Haywood County is full of hometown talent.  Men and women who have worked to preserve much of our Appalachian heritage. This talent has helped promote others in the entertainment field as well.  Some of that homegrown talent is Eddie Rose and Gary Allen. Their special musical genre is traditional Bluegrass Music.

Eddie and Gary have been making music together for over 30 years.  The influences of people such as Bill Monroe and Doyle Lawson are just a few who have passed on their style of performance and taste in music.

As the years have passed two different bands, Hazel Creek and most currently, Eddie Rose and Highway 40 has encompassed the talents of these two men. As their genre of music has not changed, their musical gifts have only been enhanced with the years of experience and the many other talented artists they have had the opportunity to play with over the years.

Some of the Blue Grass artists that these two men have crossed paths with have been: Raymond Fairchild, Barry Scott, Paul Williams, Bobbie Hicks, Darren Nicholson, Steve Sutton, Mark Pruett, Mark Kuykendall, Seth Taylor, and Balsam Range, just to name a few. Eddie Rose and Highway 40 have taken what they have learned from those before them to carry on the legend and true nature of Bluegrass music.

As this band has changed faces over the years, Eddie and Gary continue to be blessed with other talented folks.  Most recently the band consists of brothers Josh and Ben Hodges from Sandymush, and George Giddens from Bakersfield. These gentlemen’s amazing talents were also contributed to the making of this CD.

Eddie Rose and Highway 40 are not new comers to making CD’s, but this group is releasing their new CD as Eddie Rose and Highway 40. This CD is called “Memories of Home” and it contains two songs written by Eddie Rose entitled, Memories of Cove Creek and Catalochee.

Eddie comes from a family full of talent. Through the years of family tradition of playing and singing, Eddie has held onto the memories of the place his parents called  home, and that is Haywood County’s own Cove Creek. This was his motivation for writing the song that is featured on the new CD.  Eddie’s inspiration for making this CD was encouraged by his fans who are captivated by his voice. His God-given talent needed to be unleashed to all who are willing not only to listen to him and his group during live shows, but to have the newest CD of a group who share in Eddie’s love of Blue Grass music.

Haywood County natives know of the history and beauty of a place that has drawn so many tourist and that is Catalochee. Eddie’s second song that is featured on the new CD captures the aspect of just that, beauty and history.  His determination to create a song that paid tribute to this area became very important to him after his long conversations with Marshal and Raymond Caldwell who were both just youngsters when they and their families had to leave the Catalochee area and descend upon another location in Haywood County at the hands of our government. No other artists had written a song relating to this historical portion of the county until now.

This county has always promoted supporting their own, come do that with Eddie Rose and Highway 40 on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Rendezuvous Restaurant and Lounge located at 70 Soco Road, Maggie Valley as they celebrate this CD release.

Call for your reservation at 828-926-0201. The band will begin playing around 8 p.m..

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