Brevardian Bluegrass

“One doesn’t often expect a dazzling light show when attending a bluegrass performance, but that’s exactly what the 200 or so attendees of the Foothills Hayride at Jomeoke Campground in Pinnacle received as the sun dropped down over the treeline opposite Pilot Mountain. Rainclouds hung in the air most of the day on Saturday, threatening a similar saturation that occurred Friday evening. While the fiercest precipitation stayed away from the performance area for most of Saturday night, the introduction of Asheville’s Steep Canyon Rangers signaled the arrivals of furious clapping, both from hands and thunder off in the distance.” YES! Weekly’s former music editor Ryan Snyder penned those words after reviewing a Steep Canyon Ranger’s show nearly five years ago, and good golly has the six-piece bluegrass group come a long way since then.

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