Abby the Spoon Lady, a local Appalachian treasure and social media phenomenon, will return to Black Mountain for a special appearance on Thursday, July 25 at White Horse Black Mountain. She will be joined by singer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rodrigues, another beloved Asheville resident, for the 7:30 p.m. show.

Abby, born Abby Roach in Wichita, Kansas, has carved out a remarkable career as an American Roots musician, radio personality and free speech activist. She first started street performing and busking to finance your travels across the United States, primarily hopping freight trains. Today, Abby hosts storytelling events where she discusses the lifestyle of the American hobo.

As a performer, Abby plays a wide range of music, a mix of Americana, early jazz, ragtime, country blues, jug band, Western Swing, Vaudeville and Appalachian folk. Musicians that have influenced her include Artis the Spoonman, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe, Milton Brown and the Musical Brownies, Sleepy John Estes, Fat Waller and Emmett Miller.

Abby also hosts a radio show on WSFM in Asheville called Busker Broadcast.

Rodrigues, a native of Asheville who graduated from North Buncombe High School, began street performing on a regular basis in 2012 and began to collaborate with Abby the Spoon Lady a year later. He released his first solo album, I’ll Keep My Light Lit, in 2016 and he and Abby released their album, Working on Wall Street in 2017.

Tickets are priced at $18 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Doors will open at 7 p.m. For more information, go to or call 828-669-0816.


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