The 13th Annual New River Blues Festival. River House – August 31st

Labor Day Sunday
August 31, 2014
Gates Open at Noon
Music Starts at 1:00 PM
Festival Ends at 6:00 p.m.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, the kids, umbrellas (rain or shine).
No coolers or pets on lawn please!
Food, mixed & soft drinks, beer and wine available for purchase!

 

JOHNNY NEEL, veteran of The Allman Brothers Band, The Dickey Betts Band, and Gov’t Mule, has an impeccable musical pedigree of the highest order. Nashville’s bluesman-keyboard-player-extraordinaire has written songs covered by John Mayall, Delbert McClinton and other legends. His warm, lived in, passionate vocals and his electrifying performance on keys will shake the mountains with exuberant musical energy!
Washington DC’s CHARLIE SAYLES is a phenomenal harmonica player who has invested his music with all the heartache of a foster child, Viet Nam vet, and wandering troubadour. Charlie’s elegant, agile playing and gritty voice won him the attention of The Smithsonian Folklife Festival where he made several apearences with Pete Seeger. This will be one of Sayles’ very rare festival appearences.. So we encourage you to experience while you can this raw, funky, mesmerizing, elusive genius. He will be joined by guitar prodigy Tony Fazio.
PAT “MOTHER BLUES” COHEN is a saucy, scintillating singer who cut her teeth in New Orleans where she reigned as the divine Mama of the blues six nights a week. Mother Blues brings to her performances all the extravagant excitement that defines the effervescent Big Easy. Her irrepressible concerts in the US and abroad have brought her international accolades and renown.
BOO HANKS stands as one of the greatest authentic Piedmont Blues discoveries in many years. Mr. Hanks performs exquisitely in the style of Blind Boy Fuller and is the last keeper-of-the-flame of that historic music. He brings to his performances all the deep experiences and insights of working in the tobacco fields nearly his entire life. Now at the age of 84, Boo’s talents have ripened and matured to their spellbinding height.
THE KING BEES have performed on numerous European festival stages, several times at the prestigious Lincoln Center, and in Mississippi juke joints. Guitarist, keyboardist Hound Dog Baskerville and bassist, singer, song writer Queen Bee Zamagni formed the band 28 years ago. Over the years they forged important musical relationships with many blues greats and have toured with BB King and Bo Diddley. Hound Dog Baskerville is a NATIONAL BLUE RIDGE HERITAGE ARTIST. They produce New River Blues Festival with Donovan Murray as an homage to the real-deal artists who created this most wonderful of American music and who generously share their extraordinary gifts. THE KING BEES will be joined by special friends.

 

 

September 7th – Wayne Henderson and Helen White

 

Wayne Henderson is a National Heritage Award recipient honored for his craftsmanship as a luthier and his renowned finger-style Appalachian guitar playing. His instruments are coveted worldwide and he sports a long waiting list for his guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Sponsored through the National Council for Traditional Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, Office of Arts America, European World of Bluegrass, Chet Atkins International Appreciation Society and numerous individual venues, Wayne has toured broadly in the U.S., Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. His lightening fast, articulate playing style was influenced by Doc Watson and EC Ball, both close friends and neighbors in this musically rich corner where Southwest Virginia meets Northwest North Carolina. His repertoire includes Appalachian fiddle tunes, Carter Family melodies and a few swing and rockabilly standards. He has won more awards at the Galax Fiddlers Convention than any other competitor in its seventy-seven year history.

 

A singer, fiddler, guitarist and tunesmith, Helen White has toured extensively with Wayne in the U.S. and Europe. Her compositions include works for theater and video projects as well as a Booklist honored recording of original songs for children. Helen is the founder and served as regional director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program from program inception in February of 2000 to June of 2013. This renowned program serves students in 25 mountain counties in Virginia, North and South Carolina introducing them to their musical heritage through small group instruction in the instruments and music common to the region.

 

Both Wayne and Helen are frequent instructors at major traditional music camps across the country.

 

 

Riverhouse Website – 336-982-2109

 

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2654075393_b55deeb4f2When you stay at River House Inn, try to make a special trip to this quaint downtown to discover some great art! Sally Mae’s Emporium has a wide variety of local art. Acorn Gallery has originals and limited edition reproductions by Raney Rogers, one of North Carolina’s most well-known artists. The Ashe County Arts Council has changing exhibits and a gallery shop (also ask them about their Barn Quilt Tour). Originals Only Gallery has original works of art by one of Ashe County’s favorite artists, Joan Stiles Bell, and fine handcrafted wood furniture by Tom Sternal.

R T Morgan Art & Glass By Camille. has sculpture and paintings by internationally known artist R.T. Morgan and stained glass by regionally known artist Camille Morgan. SMART Gallery offers exquisite paintings, photography, fine woodworking, furniture, stained glass, jewelry, pottery, live art, and workshops. West Jefferson’s downtown area hosts several murals that create a “walking tour.”

The murals are the works of local artists and others in North Carolina that depict the area’s history and unique character. Stop at the Ashe County Cheese Store, offering more than 50 varieties of cheese, gifts, souvenirs, snacks, plus our own Ashe County Cheese, Country Butter, and fresh cheese curd. And don’t miss Bohemia, art gallery and coffee shop.

Visit the town of West Jefferson: http://www.townofwj.com

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Fishing in the North Carolina Mountains: Choose your spot from a mile of the New River that runs through our farm.

The section of the New River adjacent to River House has been restocked with another 1,800 rainbow and brown trout!

Small mouth bass fish are also numerous. The popular Helton Creek, a delayed-harvest trout stream, flows into the New River about 1/2 upstream. The section of the New River adjacent to River House has been restocked this spring with another 1800 rainbow and brown trout!

It’s catch and release. Here are some fishing tips:

  • Use barbless hooks.  If you use a net, use one made of rubber. It is less harmful to fish scales, gills and eyes. Only net your fish if it is the only way to control it.
  • Wet your hands when handling fish. Dry hands and gloves will remove its protective mucous (slime) coating and scales. These protective layers help prevent infection by waterborne disease. Do not beach a fish or let it flop around the deck of the boat.
  • Try not to remove the fish from the water. If you must, be quick and gentle, do not squeeze the fish. Needle nose pliers, hemostats, de-hookers etc., will speed up the removal of a deep set hook.
  • To revive the fish, hold it under the belly and by the tail, keep it in an upright position underwater, do not move the fish back and forth (this is also a good time to get a measurement and take a photo). If you are fishing in a river or stream, hold the fish facing the current. Be patient and give the fish as much time as it needs to recover and swim away on its own.

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Next door to Room 1 behind the stone wall was Doc’s parking space.

You may have to duck when you enter the bathroom because we used a great old door that is not standard issue. A

nyway, that brings you down to the level of the Lilliputian lavatory in a little antique vanity.

Don’t worry, the shower is Brobdingnagian.
$150 Sunday-Thursday nights, $175 weekends/holidays

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Our guest rooms are all in converted farm buildings behind the main house. We’d much prefer to be less literal – to have you open a creaky old door and be surprised to find the king-size bed, the big Jacuzzi, the gas-log fireplace, the art,  the books – but since you insist…
Just down the walk from the main house, had been Dr. Ballou’s office where he saw patients and stored medical supplies in earlier days. Now we “store” books in a cabinet which formerly served as private club/speakeasy liquor lockers. Three misty watercolor nudes gracefully replace anatomy charts.
$150 Sunday-Thursday nights, $175 weekends/holidaysThe Weigh Station has a queen-size bed. All other rooms have king-size beds. No telephones, no TVs (but if you must watch that game, there is an old set in the library). And we do have broadband wireless access in the library and on the porch.
The nightly rates listed  – weekdays / weekends & holidays – are for two people and include full breakfast. Add $50 for each extra guest.  (After all, the beds are very big!) Pets are welcome if they are clean and quiet and can hold their liquor. There is a pet fee of $25 per visit. Guests are responsible for picking up their “litter.”  (Children, on the other hand, must be leashed and muzzled!)
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Across the driveway are Rooms 5, 6, 7, and 8 in what we call The Caretaker’s Cottage.  This was the home of Dr. Ballou’s nephew and his family, who cared for the property and for Dr. and Mrs. Ballou who had no children.

Room 5 is in the front of the Caretaker’s Cottage. Originally the living room, dining room and kitchen, it boasts three distinct spaces: living room/library, bedroom and bathroom. (Incidentally, if there are two or three couples, the living room can connect with Room 6 and/or 7.)  Outside, the private porch, complete with swing, looks over the New River.
$175 Sunday-Thursday nights, $195 weekends/holidays

Room 6 is at the back of the Caretaker’s Cottage. Quiet, it looks up the hill toward the barns and you can park right next to the entrance.

$150 Sunday-Thursday nights, $175 weekends/holidays

Room 7 is the upstairs of the Caretaker’s Cottage.It has wood-lined walls that reflect the morning sun. Original watercolors, pen and ink drawings, and prints. Downstairs there is a long porch with views of the mountains, the river – and the other buildings.
$150 Sunday-Thursday nights, $175 weekends/holidays

Room 8 is a “suite” on the garden level. Spacious living room with prints of a terrific woodcut in four colors. Additional small private room, nice and dark, with a double bed.  Low ceiling. (Those over 6’1” need not apply.)
$175 Sunday-Thursday nights, $195 weekends/holidays

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wedding13Planning a wedding?

River House on the New River is justly famous for wedding weekends in the North Carolina mountains. Friends and family members are ensconced in guest rooms and nearby cabins. Rehearsal dinners, special brunches and recreational activities culminate in the ceremony held under the giant sycamore tree at the river’s edge.
Once the I “do”s are said, the champagne corks pop and the party begins.
After toasts and hors d’oeuvre, the wedding party and guests make their way into the white tent on the banks of the river or up to the main house for the reception.
The River House staff will take care of the bride and groom and their families, planning, advising, tending to all the details.
Part of our expertise involves networking, connecting the bride and groom to photographers, floral artists, wedding officiants, and musicians.
(We will even prepare the best North Carolina pulled pork–A High Country Bar-B-Que–for a more casual rehearsal dinner.)
Innkeeper Gayle Winston makes an awesome Chocolate Bourbon groom’s cake. It is often presented on a 3- to 6-foot board and marched through the dining room with sparklers aglow. Truly a showstopper!
Gayle’s Orange Walnut wedding cake with Grand Marnier Buttercream is not just beautiful but delicious.
River House has hosted and catered weddings of all sizes – up to 400 guests – but no fewer than two.
Your wedding guests will enjoy all of the many attractions in the Blue Ridge Mountains near the River House. We are near West Jefferson, Boone and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Read more about nearby North Carolina and Virginia attractions.

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