The Land of Waterfalls and White Squirrels
PHC staffer Ella Schovanec is on the Radio Romance Tour with Garrison, Fred Newman, Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Watkins, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and will update us periodically from the road.
We pulled into Brevard on Monday morning and got a Day Off before Tuesday's show. The town is on the edge of the gorgeous Pisgah forest and most people went hiking and took some beautiful pictures of waterfalls — this area has more waterfalls than any other part of the country. They have one called Sliding Rock that you can actually slide down, the rock is smooth, it won't tear up your swimsuit, and it's a gentle slope down into the cold water below.
We were also on the look out for white squirrels. Brevard is known for them, the town even has a White Squirrel Festival every May, "Are You Ready to Go Nuts?" But, sadly, I didn't see any.
Then on Tuesday, we did our show at the Brevard Music Center. They run a summer music camp for young orchestral and voice students from around the globe, eight weeks and they put on 80 concerts and four full-length operas. Amazing. Though I think it's a shame that nobody here teaches jaw harp — that's what Fred Newman plays during our Powdermilk Biscuit Break. He plucks the harp close to his mouth while using his sinuses as a resonator to create this intricate, twangy rhythm. And I asked him tonight who whistles in the background as he plays. The answer: He does. So, as I think about how that's possible, we head for Richmond, The River City.