By Michael Ganzman
Last Friday, the United Way kicked off the third annual Winter Jam at Heritage Hall in Mountain City which featured five live bands and a live auction.
The night started out with an introduction by president of Heritage Hall, Linda Moon, who thanked United Way members for their contributions to the community. An emcee then introduced each band and helped preside over the auction which was held in between each performance.
The night was stacked with diverse performances from a host of talented musicians both young and old.
The first band to perform was the Acorn Valley Band, a four-piece that specialized in old-time bluegrass and country. The band members, who were wearing overalls and dress shirts, sang songs that they described as driving down the road, sad music. Their songs included Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Comin Home and I Aint Going to Be Treated This Way Anymore. The crowd listened to the rhythmic playing and low-pitch voice of the singer and it only took three songs for them to start clapping along to the beat.
The second act was a solo acoustic artist named Steve Dunfee, who also happened to be the auctioneer of the event. Tramping onto the stage with his cowboy hat and boots, Dunfee revealed a set-list of original content and old favorites like Turn the Page. His song You Rescued Me was a particularly sweet, soulful composition that the singer wrote in honor of his wife.
Dunfees last two songs were co-played by him and the next band, Cane Mill Road, a four-piece youth band from Deep Gap, North Carolina that recently performed at Merle Fest and whose youngest member is only 13. After finishing Dunfees set, the youngsters unleashed a powerful performance that left the audience star struck.
It started out hot in here, but its about to get hotter, one of the members yelled to the crowd.
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By Michael Ganzman