BOONE, NC (WBTV) - You just never know what you're going to run into when you're in the North Carolina mountains!
There's nothing I love better than heading up to the mountains. I was in the Blowing Rock and Boone area over the weekend to take part in the Appalachian Summer Festival kickoff concert with Kacey Musgraves. It was fantastic!
Earlier in the day Saturday, I was in downtown Boone and I saw something that surely made me wonder what was going on. I saw a fellow in coveralls across the street with a banjo and a guitar…and if I didn't know better, I'd say that trailer he had behind his truck looked like it was in the shape of a big banjo!
Now I don't know about you…but rarely do I see trailers in the shape of big banjos, so I just had to find out what that was all about.
Much to my delight, I got to meet Andy Owens and his friend Bob Smith. Andy was playing guitar and singing and Bob was playing banjo. And they were out on King Street to play Bluegrass music as part of their effort to raise money to send Andy to the Burning Man Festival.
I'd never heard of Burning Man before, so I had to do a little research. Come to find out, Burning Man is a big festival that's held out in the middle of the desert in the middle of nowhere in Nevada. According to the Burning Man website…"Burning Man isn't your usual festival. It's a city wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the experience."
Well, whatever that means, Andy has been out there before and he says the festival doesn't have enough Bluegrass music…and he wants to see that it does. So he's raising money to be able to attend the festival in late August. I was glad to help out with a little cash and I got a couple of Andy's CDs for my contribution. The music on the CDs is terrific!
Come to find out, Andy's from Deep Gap and a very well-known musician in Bluegrass circles. In fact, he's played with Doc Watson and other notable musicians.
In fact, I'm giving away two of his CDs! All you have to do is share the WBTV Facebook post about Andy onto your own page and we will randomly select a winner from the people who shared! The winner will be picked next week!
What a great experience it was to get to meet Andy and to learn about the Burning Man Festival. What made it even better, was that it was so unexpected! But that's what can happen when you travel the Carolinas! I'm looking forward to running into many more unexpected adventures.
And when I do, you'll be sure to hear about them right here!