Warren Wilson College Bluegrass Band to Perform April 20

Warren Wilson College Bluegrass Band

A number of things mark Swannanoa’s Warren Wilson College as a unique educational setting, one of which is its groundbreaking Appalachian Studies program.

Its musical component was founded in 1975 by musician David Holt, who has since moved on to national notoriety, but multi-instrumentalist Wayne Erbsen has been a constant on the faculty for over thirty years. One of the highlights of his career nurturing young talent has been the opportunity to work with the current incarnation of the Warren Wilson College Bluegrass Band, which Erbsen characterizes as one of the finest bluegrass ensembles he’s worked with.

Music fans can enjoy the proof of that assertion at the White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.

The student members of the band include Mason Via on guitar, Sam Atwood on bass, Brady Lux on fiddle, Kyle Gnadinger on banjo and Anne Ramey Schwab on vocals. In addition to their instrumental expertise, each member of the band contributes vocals to tight bluegrass harmonies. Although the members of the band are in their early 20s much of their repertoire comes from the heart of the classic bluegrass canon, musicians like Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, and Reno and Smiley. Because the tradition is constantly evolving, they also include tunes from more recent innovators like Alison Krauss, Laurie Lewis and Blue Highway.

Wayne Erbsen himself provides mandolin and fiddle parts. In over 40 years of involvement with Appalachian music he’s written over thirty books, many of then instrumental tutors, and released eighteen solo recordings. His expertise also extends to the music and folklore of the pioneers, cowboys, the Civil War, railroads and Gospel music. HIs Civil War music appears on the soundtrack of the film Gods and Generals.

Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance/$12 door/$6 students.

Advance tickets available online at http://www.whitehorseblackmountain.com.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the 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 seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.