Monday, December 30, 2013

Railroad Earth at the Orange Peel

Last night, the Gnometown gang caught the first night of the three night Railroad Earth's New Year's Eve run at the Orange Peel. It was a great time spent with friends and family, listening to one of our favorite bands. As a bonus, we got to hear the first live playing of the title track of Railroad Earth's upcoming album, The Last Of The Outlaws.
Here's the set list:

Set 1:
Like a Buddha
Peace on Earth
Been Down This Road
Came Up Smilin'
Right in Tune
Where Songs Begin
Carrying Coal to Newcastle -->
Chasin' a Rainbow

Set 2:
Mission Man
Long Way To Go
Drag Him Down
For Love
The Last of the Outlaws (A)
Mourning Flies -->
Lone Croft Farewell
Crossing the Gap
Gold Rush

Water Fountain Quicksand

(A) First time played. Written by
Todd Sheaffer and Carey Harmon

Here's the taper's version: Internet Archive

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hometown Hiker's Live Band List 2013

While looking back and reviewing all my YouTube videos and blog posts from this past year, I am beginning to realize that 2013 emerged as a pretty terrific year of live music for the Hometown gang. Black Betty and I were joined by family and friends to boogie to some of the best music ever, played by many of the most talented artists in the world. As I have said before,  "There were so many incredible shows, so much inspiring music!"

Here is a list of many of the incredible bands that we were fortunate enough to see in 2013:

Donna The Buffalo, Railroad Earth, Cooking With Quanta, Town Mountain, Greensky Bluegrass, Danny Barnes, Willie Nelson, Apple Butter Express, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, The Traveling McCourys, John Prine, The Duhks, Jeff Sipe Trio, The Freight Hoppers, The Horse Flies, The Deadly Gentlemen, Solas, Tornado Rider, Col. Bruce Hampton, Ralph Roddenbery, Bibb City Ramblers, Keller and The Keels, Keller and Traveling McCourys, Taylor Martin Acoustic Band, Mavis Staples, The Corbitt Brothers, Jim Lauderdale, The Brothers Comatose, Stephen Marley, Drive By Truckers, Todd Sheaffer, Rayna Gellert, Strung Like A Horse, Grandpa's Cough Medicine, Darol Anger, Elephant Revival, Kris Kristofferson, Lizzy Ross Band, The Hackensaw Boys, Bobby Miller, Heavy Pets, Mamajowali, Apple Chill Cloggers, David Via and Curtis Burch, Scythian, The Stacks, Vagabond Swing, Leftovers Salmon, Jerry Douglas, Dread Clampitt, Yonder Mountain String Band.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Manna Food Bank Bluegrass Benefit


On Friday, December 20th, the Isis Music Hall in West Asheville hosted the Manna Food Bank Bluegrass Benefit. The benefit featured our favorite Asheville bluegrass band, the hard driving Town Mountain, and the flat picking guitar maestro, Larry Keel, and his equally talented band, Natural Bridge.

It proved to be a fun and rowdy night of world class bluegrass tunes performed in front of a music loving crowd in Asheville. The Isis Music Hall is emerging as a premier small venue at which to see some of the best bands breezing through town. If you haven't been there yet, you need to check it out.

It was a great way for the local community of music lovers, artists, and businesses to take time to help the hungry in western North Carolina. We even got to hear Larry Keel and Robert Greer sing some Christmas tunes.

According to publicist Erin Scholze of Dreamspider, $1000. was raised for Manna Food Bank.
To read more about Manna Food Bank, Town Mountain, and Larry Keel: Dreamspider Article.

Town Mountain

Larry Keel   

Scott, Hometown, Black Betty

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Hometown Hiker Shuttle

Based out of Franklin, North Carolina, I am available to shuttle hikers to various trail heads on the Appalachian Trail, Bartram Trail, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and anywhere else that you may want to go in the southern Appalachian area. I also can provide rides to and from the Asheville Airport and other locations upon arrangement. I can be reached by email, text, or phone call. Contact numbers are available under my profile on this blog.