My relatives are from the mountains of north Georgia, but I spent my formative years looking out my bedroom window at the Appalachians in southwestern Virginia, not far from where J.B. Beverley grew up.
The mountain air whisked the same old-time music – bluegrass, country and gospel (especially gospel) – straight into our souls.
Beverley, who played a solo set at People’s Brewing in Lafayette Tuesday night, carries on the legacy of those musicians – those woulda-coulda-shoulda-been legends – about as well as anyone I know.
His set included some covers, of course, ranging from Dylan and Dave Van Ronk to Mike Cooley and the Rolling Stones. There was plenty of old-time bluegrass, some blues and classic country, too. But his own songs, both mournful and joyful, were the ones I’ll remember. Memorable stories all. Gateways to my youth spent gazing at the mountains.
Nice opening set by Andy Manes, too.
Andy Manes (Click photo to enlarge)