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Fans of music drawing from the deep well of old-time American acoustic music can get a double dose when Crooked Pine and the Hogtown Squealers play the White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 pm.
Since first coming together in the '70s the members of Crooked Pine have played with each other and with other talented lineups on the Western North Carolina circuit and beyond. Their high energy playing has made Crooked Pine a favorite band with dancers, an energy that carries over into concert performance. Many of the songs and tunes are venerable, but the band's command of the material makes each one fresh and very much their own, from railroad songs to fiddle tunes, to Crooked Pine treatments of classic and recent songs. The trio consists of multi-instrumentalists Craig Bannerman of Black Mountain (stand-up bass, mandolin, guitar, dulcimer, vocals), plus Brevard residents Marion Boatwright ( fiddle, banjo, guitar, and dulcimer, vocals) and Frank McConnell on guitar, hammered dulcimer, spoons, tin whistle and lead and harmony vocals.
For over twenty years Brevard's Hogtown Squealers have offered a unique take on old-time fiddle tunes, classic honky-tonk and musical miscellany from America's past and present. Like their forbears Uncle Dave Macon, Charlie Poole, and Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers they tap into tradition to make music that bears their own stamp. A set might include anything from Macon's "Dixie Darling" to Carter Family songs to a "Squealerized" version of the "Thunder Road" moonshining movie theme. The current six piece Hogtown Squealers lineup includes John van Stein on accordion, Gary Wells on banjolin and mandolin, Keith Ward on guitar, fiddlers Susan Brown and Tommy Anderson, and Matt Gardner on bass.