Notes from Lake Susan, Montreat, NC
Hummingtree has undergone a major change with bassist Dave Mile’s retirement from performing, and some of our favorite venues have been forced to change as well in the aftermath of Covid and other calamities. The key is – we are still writing new songs and performing. Venues are finding ways to stay in business. In addition to performing at our regular and new venues, we plan to begin work soon on our latest album!
Hummingtree is not a true “cover band.” We prefer to play our own songs. But understanding that most “live music” seekers like to hear songs they know, our shows are filled with favorite songs from across the decades from our favorite songwriters and performers.
We appreciate, however, the fact that many of our “fans” truly love our original compositions, and they actually “request” them! Our songs come from many years of life experiences, including the many successes and failures we all have in common. They are simple songs, about our families, dreams, and the decisions we made over the years to become who we are.
Here’s to you, our true fans, and to the many lovers of live music who make it possible for groups like Hummingtree to continue to entertain.- Randy Wykoff, and Earl Turner
Book about Jackson Station published.
Live at Jackson Station, a new book by Daniel M. Harrison, Professor of Sociology at Lander University in Greenwood, SC, details how this backwoods roadhouse in rural South Carolina became legendary. This was one of Hummingtree’s earliest venues when we started playing gigs back in 1987. This is an excerpt from the cover notes:
Over the years, Jackson Station became known as one of the most iconic blues bars in the South. It offered an exciting venue for local and traveling musical artists, including Widespread Panic, the Swimming Pool Q’s, Bob Margolin, Tinsley Ellis and R&B legend Nappy Brown.
For more info, contact The University of South Carolina Press: www.uscpress.com