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Songs from Jackson County
A new CD by Balsam Range member Buddy Melton and Nashville, Tenn., musicians Milan Miller and Mark W. Winchester features songs based on Jackson County personalities, places and events, including Samantha Bumgarner, the 1940 flood, the Jarrett House and the Cowee Tunnel.
According to Melton, whose parents are both from Jackson County, the CD is the result of ongoing collaborations between him and musical friends and fellow Tar Heel natives Miller and Winchester. The trio released “Songs From Haywood County” in late 2008 in conjunction with that county’s bicentennial. “The project received an overwhelming response from music lovers, history buffs, and natives,” Melton said. “At the same time, requests began to pour in from Jackson County residents for us to produce a similar set of songs about their heritage and history.”
The trio who wrote and recorded “Songs from Jackson County” includes, from left, Nashville musicians Milan Miller, Mark W. Winchester and Haywood County’s Buddy Melton, a member of Balsam Range bluegrass band. The new CD’s songs are based on Jackson County people, places and events.
From Lynn Hotaling's piece in The Sylva Herald
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