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Bluegrass Bash Set For RHS - Rosman, NC


November 2, 2017

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Roy Chapman and Joe Byers

This Saturday is the third annual Roy Chapman and Joe Byers Memorial Bluegrass bash at Rosman High School. Bobby Powell and Tim Jones, both members of local bluegrass band Carolina Blue, are hosting the event, which begins at 4 p.m.

Powell said Chapman and Byers are local bluegrass heroes who did so much to benefit the county that he and Jones want to keep their memories alive. They also want to keep the mountains in bluegrass, and bluegrass in the mountains.

"If their actions and concerts weren't benefitting sick people, then it was the school system," Powell said. "They did a lot for this community, and we want to keep that going by setting up a scholarship fund in their name."

The goal is to award scholarships to a Brevard and Rosman high school student as a "humanitarian" award next spring. Powell said the original intention was for the scholarship to be for a young musician but they felt like it was too limiting. A barbecue dinner at the event will also benefit Ben Galloway, who is battling cancer.

The event has grown each year, with more and more musicians lining up, and with more people who love bluegrass.

Jones said that they already have their sights set on next year and are planning on moving the event to Brevard, with the confirmation of Balsam Range to play and, hopefully, turn the event into a two-day festival.

This year, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, as well as the Dave Adkins Band, will play.

The Slick Fisher Band from Lake Toxaway will play for the third year in a row, and, of course, Carolina Blue will play.

Both Jones and Powell played music with Chapman and Byers.

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Roy Chapman and Joe Byers

Carolina Blue has been together about 10 years, and the band members said they owe much of their own success to the encouragement of Chapman and Byers.

Carolina Blue has started to play shows all over the country.

In Maine, Powell said the locals could not get enough of their traditional mountain sound.

For Jones, that sound doesn't come from just playing.

"It's truly for the love of the music," he said. "You have to have it in your soul when you play. The songs these guys sang and picked was their life. The music was inside them."

To learn more about the lineup and schedule event, visit the events Facebook page: The Roy Chapman Joe Byers Memorial Bluegrass Bash.


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