WNC Musicians Doing Their Part to Keep Us Sane

From Patrick Crouch …

Howdy Folks Howdy,

The Strictly Clean and Decent boys and girl will be pickin’ in the Linville Falls Winery on Saturday, August 22 from 3 pm until 6 pm. This is a lovely place with plenty of room for wine and distancing. This will be our second gig in four months; Kaybob, Rondo, and I don’t want to overexpose ourselves.


Kay and Patrick Crouch

Kaybob and I will be appearing on the Musical World of the Kruger Brothers this Saturday, August 22 at 7 pm.  https://www.facebook.com/KrugerBrothers/videos/2614117658918724 Our dear friend Bob Kogut threw our names in the hat a couple of weeks ago so we were delighted when Jens gave us a call. We’ve played a lot of joyful music with Jens, Uwe, and Joel over the past decade and we hope to bring that joyful noise to the airwaves. Tune in and send us some “sass!”

Dale Meyer, Tom Kuhn, and I will be filling in for the Moon Pie band at the Novel Taproom in beautiful downtown Newton on Sunday, August 23 from 4 pm until 6 pm. Tom will be Steve and I guess that leaves me to be Crissy…yep, that’s a gender bender for sure! https://www.thenoveltaproom.com/

The Strictly Clean and Decent boys and girl will be debuting a special video for the Jones House on or about August 28. This will be a tribute to our concert on the lawn that was scheduled for that evening. Kaybob, Rondo, and I appreciate the long-standing tradition of live music at the Jones House. http://www.joneshouse.org/

I have the Red Rocking Chair 15th Anniversary Commemorative CD for sale in the mercantile department. This CD features our greatest hits over the past few years and has a running time of well over an hour. You may order this CD by sending me a personal check in the amount of $15 payable to Patrick Crouch, 1606 Ticknock Way, Lenoir, NC 28645 or paying my Venmo account: Patrick-Crouch-2. Please be sure to include your mailing address.

The New Era

William Ritter has a big live streaming and ZOOM show coming up this Saturday, August 22 from 4 pm until 6 pm. The Bean-String Ballad-Sing features William Ritter, Bobby McMillan, and Susan Pepper.

William Ritter. Photo courtesy of Patterson School Foundation

Join Song to Seed via Zoom and Facebook LIVE as we celebrate traditional foodways and unaccompanied ballad singing with celebrated singers and tradition-keepers Bobby McMillon, Susan Pepper, and host William Ritter.

The Bean-String Ballad-Sing hearkens back to music shared in the intimacy of front porches, kitchens, and living rooms. It will provide an opportunity for attendees to spend time in community, listen to haunting and beautiful traditional Appalachian ballads, learn about the history and context of these songs, and ultimately enjoy a memorable evening.

Originally this was planned as an in-person event. We would have gathered together in the Song to Seed garden (or another regional place of beauty), strung the year’s beans while listening to our ballad singers songs and stories, and enjoyed a locally-sourced meal together. Unfortunately, due to the realities of COVID-19, this in-person experience has been postponed until next summer. Despite that disappointment, we’re so excited to be able to offer this online version of our event. We encourage you to snap beans and/or prepare supper at home while tuning in. In the group chat, we hope you’ll share some memories about the way that song and food preparation have come together in your own experience. This event is made possible through the Henry Reed Fund Award from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in addition to the partnership of the NC Arts Council.

So again, SAVE THE DATE for the Bean String Ballad Sing! August 22nd, from 4-6pm. Also available on Facebook LIVE.

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More tomorrow. Thanks for reading. — MMB. Photo by Simon Noh on Unsplash