Town Mountain – August 19

Featuring Robert Greer on guitar and vocals, Jesse Langlais on banjo, Phil Barker on mandolin, Bobby Britt on fiddle, and Zach Smith on bass, this Asheville-based group may look at first glance like a typical bluegrass band. But critics are increasingly saying that there’s nothing typical about the music it makes. The music is raw, soulful, a hard-driving sound with a honky-tonk edge. And the playlist crosses genres seamlessly, with what seems to be no effort at all.


The band’s sixth studio album, New Freedom Blues, is scheduled for release on October 5 and exemplifies how its music has evolved over the past decade. “The album is somewhat of a departure from the sound that we’ve typically recorded, our ‘bluegrass’ sound,” says banjo player Jesse Langlais. “We took the songs at their face value in the studio this time, as opposed to trying to take a song and make it fit inside certain bluegrass parameters. It morphed into this idea that we should be playing the songs for what they are as opposed to what we thought they should be.”


Ticket Information

Tickets for the 8 pm show, which will be held in the covered outdoor Pavilion, are $35 per person. Cookout dinners, priced separately, will be available before the show. For reservations, which are required, call us at (828) 926-1401.


A VIP Music Experience for this concert is offered by Leap Frog Tours. The full package includes round-trip transportation from Waynesville or Maggie Valley, a pre-dinner drink, an interview and question-and-answer session with the band, a social hour following the interview, dinner at 7, and priority seating for the performance. For details and reservations, call Leap Frog Tours at (828) 246-6777.





The Seldom Scene – September 23

Yes. These guys. Although they've been redefining bluegrass since 1971, this enduringly popular and acclaimed band doesn’t tour all that often. But, for almost half a century now, they’ve been playing the kind of music these mountains are all about. And we’re thrilled to announce that they’ll be here in September to play it for you.

Though many long-time fans think first of the 1970s editions of The Seldom Scene, many of its current members have actually been with the band even longer than its original members. Lou Reid, on mandolin and guitar, made his first appearance in 1986. Guitarist Dudley Connell, bassist Ronnie Simpkins, and dobro player Fred Travers have all been on board since the mid-1990s. And newest member Ron Stewart, on banjo and fiddle, is hardly new to the bluegrass scene: He was playing fiddle onstage with Lester Flatt in the 1970s, at the tender age of nine.

While you wait impatiently for the September appearance of this truly legendary bluegrass band, check out this video to whet your appetite.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the 8 pm show, which will be held in the covered outdoor Pavilion, are $35 per person. Cookout dinners, priced separately, will be available before the show. For reservations, which are required, call us at (828) 926-1401.

A VIP Music Experience for this concert is offered by Leap Frog Tours. The full package includes round-trip transportation from Waynesville or Maggie Valley, a pre-dinner drink, an interview and question-and-answer session with the band, a social hour following the interview, dinner at 7, and priority seating for the performance. For details and reservations, call Leap Frog Tours at (828) 246-6777.


A look back:
Some highlights of past performances

The sound of the mountains has been part of the Ranch since its beginnings in 1933. And today that’s just as true as it ever was. What the singer-songwriters who grace our stages have in common, in addition to their obvious musical talents, is a down-to-earth quality that draws audiences into their performances as friends, not just observers. There are no prima donnas here; just genuine people, making music for other genuine people. In other words, people like you. Here’s a small sample of the big music we’ve been making lately here at the Ranch.

Shawn Camp - "River of Love"
Buddy Melton & Miles Miller - "Who Are You, Red Bird?"
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley - "Ballad of a Well Known Gun"
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters - "Be Like Penny"
Chatham County Line - "Let It Rock"
Peter Rowan - "Walls of Time"
Claire Lynch Band - "Milo"
The Gibson Brothers - "Bye Bye Love"
Laurie Lewis - "American Justice"
Peter Rowan & friends - "The House Carpenter"