Asheville Story Lady Gwenda Ledbetter to Perform July 28

Gwenda Ledbetter

David Joe Miller presents an incredibly special and rare WORD show, planned for Friday, July 28 at Habitat Brewing and Commons featuring Asheville’s own original Story Lady, Gwenda Ledbetter and acclaimed blues musician and music historian, Scott Ainslie from Vermont.  

The doors will open at Habitat Commons, 174 Broadway in downtown Asheville at 6 p.m. for an 7 p.m. show.  Tickets are 18.00 online at or $20 at the door, the evening of the show.  

Purchasing tickets in advance, online, is highly recommended.  Seating is very limited in this intimate setting.   Plenty of parking in the Moog parking lot after 5 pm.

Gwenda Ledbetter is a highly renowned, award winning Master Storyteller who began her career in the early ’60’s at Pack Memorial Library and on WLOS’s  Saturday morning “Mr. Bill Show” with her segment, “Stories From The Red Rocker.”  She was lovingly known as “The Story Lady.”  Her wondrous career as a storyteller began a decade before the National Storytelling Festival, which helped launch the professional careers of numerous other storytellers and troubadours around the world, took root in Jonesborough, TN.  She won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Storytelling Network in 2016 and, at 87 years, continues to enthrall audiences with her stories and charm.

Joining Gwenda is Scott Ainslie.  He has been a musician all his life.  Scott’s mother found him at the family piano picking out melodies from the records she listened to during the day when he was only three years old.

Scott is very well known in the Asheville music community having shared the stage with numerous musicians and spoken word artists and will be in town for the Swannanoa Gathering, July 29th-August 4th.  You can learn more about Scott at 

The show will be a combination of story, conversation, and blues and will celebrate the heart, mind and soul of stories and music.  You won’t want to miss this.  For more information and a direct ticket link, visit

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About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.