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November 2019 Rapid River Magazine

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Hogslop String Band

Hogslop String Band performs at White Horse Black Mountain on Friday, November 8 BY STAFF REPORTS • BLACK MOUNTAIN The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based band comprised of four talented young musicians hailing from Georgia & Tennessee. This dynamic quartette is comprised of Kevin Martin on the fiddle, Gabriel Kelley on guitar, Daniel Binkley on banjo, and Pickle on washtub and standup bass. Hogslop has shared stages with the likes of Avett Brothers, Lucas Nelson, Del McCoury, Charlie Louvin, Punch Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Dom Flemons, and many more. First and foremost, Hogslop is rooted in traditional southern American old-time string band music. Each member of the band was naturally exposed to this wonderful musical heritage through family and friends – just the way traditional music has always been passed down. The band formed in 2009, and soon set about Kevin Martin on the fiddle, Gabriel Kelley on guitar, Daniel Binkley on banjo, and Pickle on washtub and standup bass. entering – and winning – every major string band contest in the South, as well as putting on epic, sweat-drenched square dances wherever space allowed. Fast-forward to 2017, and the boys begin writing and arranging original material, shaking constraints of traditional forms, but still lending their old-time sensibility to a fresh new sound. With influences ranging from The Byrds to John Prine, Doug Kershaw (Guest Appearing on the album) to the 1920’s sound of The Skillet Lickers, their new direction is something not easily defined, but unmistakably Southern, unmistakably raw and exciting. This new material is on full display in their first official, self-titled studio album, to be released in 2019, accompanied by an extensive schedule of live performances. If you’ve never seen Hogslop live, you’re missing out on one of the most exciting, floor-stomping musical rides you’ll ever see. So be sure to check their tour dates, because these fellas get around! IF YOU GO White Horse Black Mountain Hogslop String Band performs Friday, November 8, 8 pm. Tickets are advance, day of the show and can be purchased www.whitehorseblackmountain.com. 26 |RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | VOL. 23, NO. 3 NOVEMBER 2019

NEW BOOK: ‘The Body: A GUIDE FOR OCCUPANTS’ by BILL BRYSON BY STAFF REPORTS • BLACK MOUNTAIN Bill Bryson, the bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner’s manual for everybody. Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body–how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, “We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted.” The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information. MORE BILL BRYSON’s bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Short History of Nearly Everything (which won the Aventis Prize in Britain and the Descartes Prize, the European Union’s highest literary award). He was chancellor of Durham University, England’s third oldest university, from 2005 to 2011, and is an honorary fellow of Britain’s Royal Society. www.penguinrandomhouse.com (L-r) “Blue pansy,” necklace, by Diane Mceachen; “Untitled,” mixed media painting, by Eileen Ross, ; wearable art scarf, by Ruth Duckworth Black Mountain is alive with the sound and sights of music! BY STAFF REPORTS • BLACK MOUNTAIN The Swannanoa Valley Fine Art League is singing from the hills about this year’s holiday show: Mountain Rhythms. Shoppers will find musically inspired fine-art treasures, one-of-a-kind ornaments, and stocking stuffers galore decking the walls of the Red House Gallery this season. Why stand in line for cookie-cutter one-hit-wonders at a box store when local art is serenading from the Red House Gallery? Tap your toes, warm your nose, and let your eyes dance with us instead. IF YOU GO Swannanoa Valley Fine Art League Jingle, all the way, to the opening reception 5-7 pm Friday, November 8; local musician and studio artist Darcy Orr and friends will perform. The perfect gift is waiting under the mistletoe at the Red House Studios & Gallery, 310 West State Street, Black Mountain. The show runs through December 29. Open seven days: Monday-Saturday, 10- 5 pm, Sunday 10 - 3 pm. VOL. 23, NO. 3 — NOVEMBER 2019 | RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | 27