“There’s nothing better than making music with your friends; It’s as simple as that,” says Carolina Ramble Review organizer and musician, Dave Brewer. “Because that’s what the Carolina Ramble & Reunion is all about – taking a little of that collaborative festival spirit off of the farm and farther down the road.”
Formed in 2004 by four ASU students and friends, Possum Jenkins began hosting an intimate, family oriented music festival in Bethel called the Carolina Ramble & Reunion in 2014. The Ramble Revue Revue takes that collaborative festival spirit on the road, showcasing the group’s love of country, soul, rock, r&b and gospel, as well as their considerable songwriting talents.
The Carolina Ramble & Reunion festival is set for it’s 4th annual event at the Brayshaw farm in Watauga County on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The Carolina Ramble Review, performing at the Jones House on Friday, features three of the bands that are prominent at the Reunion festival – Possum Jenkins, Wurlitzer Prize, and songwriter Molly McGinn.
Possum Jenkins formed in Boone in 2004, blending a mix of country, blues, gospel, and rock influence to create a sound they dub “Carolinacana” – a Carolina spin on the Americana genre. Featuring David Willis, Nate Turner, and Dave Brewer swapping duties on vocals, guitar, and drums, along with bass player Jared Church and harmonica player Brent Buckner, Possum Jenkins has released four independent albums and continues to help fuel the live music scenes of North Carolina and beyond.
Wurlitzer Prize began at the Old Winston Social Club’s songwriter nights, where Possum Jenkins member, David Willis hosted a songwriter’s night. Other Possum bandmaters, Jared Church and Brent Buckner would frequent the songwriter nights, in addition to Molly McGinn, another friend and musical collaborator with Possum Jenkins. The four teamed up to play occasional shows, focusing on vintage country classics from Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Little Feat, and others. What started as informal songwriter jams turned into a working side band for the four busy musicians.
The Summer Concerts at the Jones House are free and open to the public. Concerts are held every Friday in June, July, and August, starting at 5:00 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to enjoy the music from the Jones House lawn. Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the Jones House property, if patrons are of legal age and bring their own beverages. No open containers are allowed beyond the Jones House property. Friendly pets are permitted on leash.
The 2017 Summer Concerts at the Jones House sponsors include the Downtown Boone Development Association, Mast General Store, MPrints, Melanie’s, Stick Boy Bread Co, Rosemary Horowitz, and Burton Moomaw Acupuncture.
For more information about the series, including a complete schedule, please visit www.joneshouse.org or call 828.268.6280.