The songs & stories of Haywood County as sung by Buddy Melton

The songs & stories of Haywood County as sung by Buddy Melton & Milan Miller is the unforgettable evening awaiting those who attend – September 6 –  the inaugural chapter in our Southern Storytellers Supper Series.

Yes, it’s true. Two of Haywood County’s favorite sons, awarding winning vocalist and musician for the world-renowned Balsam Range band, Buddy Melton, will team up with his favorite writing partner, award-winning and world-renown singer and writer, Milan Miller, to entertain and educate with stories and songs unique to our treasured valleys and mountains.

Tickets, $25, for what is sure to be an incomparable evening are available here.

Folkmoot has teamed up with Blue Ridge Books and the Haywood County Public Library to create The Southern Storytellers Supper Series, which will bring southern culture and our region’s authors and musicians together with the community for wonderful and educational nights of food, fun, and discussion.

Four special evenings have been planned for this coming fall, come to one or come to all!

Each installment of the series will be held at the Folkmoot Friendship Center. Blue Ridge Books will be at all events to offer book sales.   

The songs & stories of Haywood County as sung by Buddy MeltonNominated again for 2018 as male vocalist of the year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) as male vocalist of the year, Buddy Melton sings and plays fiddle in Balsam Range, one of the most acclaimed bluegrass bands in the world. He won the IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year in 2014. Balsam Range and its individual members have won more IBMA awards than we have space to list here. 

Milan Miller is not only an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and recording artist, but an incomparable songwriter whose list of achievements includes thirteen number one songs on the bluegrass charts, including songs he wrote for Balsam Range.

Buddy and Milan have been friends for many years and have collaborated on many projects and records, including Songs from Haywood County and Secrets, Dreams and Pretty Things in 2016.

Popular songs from Miller’s pen include, “Pretty Little Girl from Galax,” by Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, “Carolina Any Day,” and “What’ll I Do,” by Terry Baucom. A long list of popular favorites from the Balsam Range catalog, including, “Caney Fork River,” “Papertown,” “Chasing Someone Else’s Dreams,” “Eldorado Blue,” and “Something ‘Bout That Suitcase.”

Miller wrote or co-wrote the top three most played songs of 2016 according to the year-end compilation of airplay data by Bluegrass Today: “Around the Corner,” by Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive, “Carolina Wind,” by Irene Kelley and “Adeline,” which he co-wrote with Melton to honor Melton’s daughter.

The pair will be performing some of their most indelible “story” songs for us, as well as discussing the art and craft of telling stories through their music. Get your tickets and come out to the Folkmoot Friendship Center Thursday, September the 6th at 6pm and enjoy a special night of great food, great music, and great storytelling!

Music CDs available to check out from the Haywood County Public Library:

Homegrown music Volume: a Haywood County tradition / featuring Haywood County’s traditional musicians compiled by James A. Trantham.

The songs & stories of Haywood County as sung by Buddy Melton
Milan Miller

Marching home / produced by Jerry Salley; executive producers, Mickey Gamble & Chris White. Production coordinators, Jeff Collins & Jerry Salley ; recording engineers: Van Atkins, Jack Mascari, & Eric Willson  

Songs from Haywood County / performed by Buddy Melton, Milan Miller and Mark W. Winchester.

Our second event, Thursday October 4th at 6pm, features Ashley English.

Homesteader, author, and blogger Ashley English has crafted a “homespun” life with her husband and two sons in a small Western North Carolina mountain community.

She is the author of the Homemade Living book series which showcase a variety of topics related to small-scale homesteading, as well as A Year of PiesHandmade Gatherings: Recipes and Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations & Potluck Parties, and Quench: Handcrafted Beverages To Satisfy Every Taste and Occasion and most recently, Southern From Scratch: Pantry Essentials and Down-Home Recipes. This most recent book shows how to build a from-scratch Southern pantry with 50 essential recipes. You will discover the versatility and flexibility of cooking from your larder with 100 more recipes for fresh takes on Southern favorites. Ashley understands how food tells the story of culture and is a charming and engaging storyteller. Dinner will feature recipes from Southern from Scratch so come hungry!

More information about the November and December events coming soon.

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