Woody Pines plays Banner Elk June 24
The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce's Second Summer Concert in the Park will be on Thursday, June 24, featuring Woody Pines.
The band, comprised of Pines on guitar, banjo, harmonica and lead vocals, Zack Pozebanchuk on upright bass, Nathan Taylor on drums, and Darin Gentry on fiddle, epitomizes the Dixieland sound and embraces a simpler time.
"New Orleans has music seeping out of the bricks in the old French quarter," said Woody Pines, who moved to New Orleans to study the city's famous music scene, but now resides in Asheville.
"We went down there to learn [the music] not just note for note, but also through the food and lifestyle that make New Orleans so special."
Although the group has been playing together for two and half years, Pines is the driving force both creatively and on stage, which has lead to some very tall comparisons.
"I'm not really sure where the Bob Dylan associations come from," Pines said, "but I love Dylan and I'm honored to be alive when he is, so I take it as a compliment."
Pines, who comes from a musical family and has been playing music since he can remember, describes the band's sound as "one that has been created through time," and its songs reflect that belief.
"Reefer Man" immediately brings to mind a haunting Halloween hootenanny that could have come straight out of vaudeville. "Pretty Blue Eyes" puts listeners straight into the backseat of a convertible, whipping around the back roads of the Delta on a crisp, autumn night.
Several other songs by the band, such as "Nashville" and "Delta Bound," evoke thoughts of a Southern gossip or a post-Civil War America where the blues weren't just a style of music, but a way of life.
"I pick and choose the best sounding stuff," Pines said. "Everything from swing band to old country blues goes into our music, along with life's influences."
The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. at the stage behind Bank of America on N.C. 194. Bring your chairs or blankets and coolers. Food will also be available for purchase at the concert. Raffle tickets can be purchased for prizes, as well as for the 50/50 split of the "pot."
The sponsor of this concert is Apple Hill Farm. Apple Hill Farm sits on top of Valle Mountain on the site of a 45-year-old apple orchard. The remaining apple trees serve as the focal point for the property that is now home to alpacas, cats, chickens, dogs, donkeys, goats, horses, llamas and miniature donkeys.
The next concert on Thursday, July 1, will feature the Rhodes Brothers, who play Motown and dance music, and is sponsored by Mountain Sotheby's International Realty.
Writer Max Bonem contributed to this release.