Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Burning Through Ashville

Sara Jarosz…
             The name was on our brain all day. From the time we awoke from sleeping on the lovely Miss Jenny’s back porch at the Jellyroll residence to our fantastic breakfast at the famous Sunny Point restaurant in Ashville, we anticipated seeing this prodigy perform in the evening.

Our Asheville sleeping quarters
            We spent the day wandering the streets of Ashville, dipping in and out of vintage clothing stores and coffee shops. The town is alive with music and the warmth of southern hospitality, and the House we stayed at seemed to be a sort of social hub for the locals and the occasional vagabond musicians. RBR seemed to fit that bill this particular week! Bekah and Grace were lucky enough to catch a friend passing through the house who offered to take them to natural spring and fill water jugs, while Matt and I munched homegrown strawberries on the porch. Congratulations are also in order for our Mr. Matt, who submitted his Fulbright paper to be published this coming fall!!! 
              As the sun began to sink, we loaded up the car with our instruments in preparation for a potential after-show jam and headed over to the Grey Eagle music venue. We were fortunate enough to visit with Sara and her fiddler Alex Hargraves before the show. I (Jen) was delighted to find that both Sara and Alex were as personable and friendly as they were talented. 

RBR with Sara, Alex, and Leigh
          The show proved to be every bit as astounding as we had anticipated, and Run Boy Run positively drooled over the melodic contemporary folk melodies emulating from the cello, guitar and fiddle on stage. The sound was remarkably full for a band of three and Sara blew the audience away with technically complex and soulful series of original tunes.           
Sara herself is young , just twenty years old, in fact, but not  your average singer-songwriter with a guitar. Oh no. This lady has mastered the guitar, mandolin, and banjo, not to mention vocals that we gals have likened to Tim O’Brien.  
                 We thoroughly enjoyed the show, and rode the musical high to a jam session in a local bar down town called “Jack of the Wood. “ This jam proved to be advantageous for us, as we established connections with a few folks who popped up later at the festival in the following days at Mount Airy (an update on that excursion shall follow shortly).
Sara rockin it with the band
              The next morning we packed up and thanked our new friends for their porch and hospitality and headed to the Swannanoa River for a refreshing dip. It was a great way to end our stay in Ashville, and we were sad to leave but excited for the drive up the mountain for a weekend of full immersion in the culture of Appalachian old time music. 
Much love to friends and family from Run boy Run,

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