By D. Lanier Shook May 18, 2013
Last year we brought you a comprehensive list of musicians at the 2012 Mountain State Fair and one of the music offerings was Mrs. Hyatt’s Jam. That’s when I learned more about one of the most fascinating parts of Western North Carolina’s musical heritage. For years the Hyatt’s house on Brevard Road was home to mountain music every week. I’m going to encourage you to click here and watch a report about Mrs. Hyatt’s Jam that was on NBC Nightly News in 1991.
Unfortunately the house is gone, but the tradition lives on. Not only was Mrs. Hyatt’s Jam at the Fair last year, but in two weeks they’ll give you the opportunity to enjoy Mountain Music at the Western North Carolina Ag Center. Over fifteen bands and songwriters will gather there for Jamfest IX on Saturday June the First. It should be a really good time.
For thirteen hours (from 9 am to 10 pm) you can enjoy great mountain music and great company. Tickets are $10 for adults and only $3 for kids 3 to 10. (Kids under 3 are free.) I’m going to encourage you to click here and visit Mrs. Hyatt’s Music House’s Facebook page. Not only will you find all the other details — the list of bands and where to park — but you’ll also connect to a unique part of music heritage.
Mrs. Hyatt’s Music House actually has a new home on the web that you also need to visit. This was my first visit to the site but I’ll definitely be back. Click here to visit it and enjoy its features. They have a blog, calendar of events, information about the history of the Music House, and you can even listen to free music. I was able to listen to I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight by Karen and Evan Reilly, a good piece of music with great vocals and stirring instrumentals.
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