A traditional Carolina stringband musical residency culminates in a concert, 7 p.m. on Sept. 8, in Lipinsky Auditorium. This residency features busking, performance and a master class with Brody Hunt.
The Carolina Cud Chewers are a Carolina stringband devoted to preserving the force and beauty of classic performances made by musicians active in the recording of 78 RPM records in the 1920s & 30s. From their base of operations in Asheville, NC; Carolina Cud Chewers travel "all over" to play their traditional brand of Carolina String Band music. Although they do perform some of the old fiddle tunes from Southern Appalachia, they are at their best when performing the "white country blues" and "rural ragtime" of the mountains and the Piedmont.
Influenced by great Carolina stringbands of the 1920s such as Charlie Poole And The North Carolina Ramblers, The Carolina Tarheels, and Wilmer Watts And His Lonely Eagles, the Cud Chewers play a variety of historic songs from traditional and popular sources. The Cud Chewers play music from a time of transition, when the rural South was becoming industrialized and for the first time musicians who had lived in relative isolation, found themselves playing with other musicians and creating what we now call country music.
More of a gang than a band, the instrumentation variously includes finger-style banjo, bowed cello, Hawaiian guitar, Spanish guitar, blue yodeling, mandolin, musical saw, bones, and fiddle. The Cud Chewers are led by core members Brody Hunt and Antone Costa, members of the semi defunct band, Blind Boy Chocolate And The Milk Sheiks. Their attention to historic detail along with their powerful singing and playing really makes them one of "Carolina's Best!
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Carolina Cud Chewers, busking on the Quad. Free and open to the public.
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. "Hobo Old Time Country Music Legacies", Brody Hunt plays rare & unknown 78 RPM country hobo records of the 1920s & 30s from his collection, and talks about life on America's freight trains. Master Class in conjunction with Dr. Toby King's Roots Music of North America Class, Lipinsky 044. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Carolina Cud Chewers, busking in Reed Plaza, Brown Hall. Free and open to the public.
7 p.m. "Away Out on the Mountain: Asheville At 78 RPM", presentation and record listening with Brody Hunt, Humanities Lecture Hall. Brody Hunt is an independent country music researcher and 78 RPM record collector. He will be giving a presentation on 78s recorded by Asheville area musicians in the 1920s and 30s, including the listening of some of the actual artifact 78 RPM records. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
7 p.m. The Carolina Cud Chewers in concert, Lipinsky Auditorium. Opening performance by the UNC Asheville Bluegrass Ensemble. Ticketed event.