1. We let Chloe drive the tour van.
2. We sold out our show at the Grocery in Atlanta
3. We won our first band competition at the Chattanooga Old Fiddler's Convention!!
Yes, yes, yes!!
We kicked the week off with a ham luge at the Marketplace in Asheville. If you've never guzzled bourbon that's been funneled through a country ham....well, don't. Or, rather, do so at your own risk! There were hand crafted cocktails, old Judy Garland movies on the silent screen, and we were fed like Queens. Yum.
The next day we headed to Cullowhee to play at the Heritage Center at WCU as part of their First Thursdays Bluegrass Series. The audience was very sweet, and we got to hang out and play tunes with some of the locals after the show. We had been under the impression that it was only an hour from there to Chattanooga, (ahem, you know who you are) though we soon discovered that it was more like 4! So we pulled in to Chattanooga in the wee hours and let ourselves in to the Folk School, where we were graciously put up for our stay. We woke to the sounds of the lessons going on, and the smell of coffee, and headed out to WUTC for a live in-studio performance. That night, we played with The Woodford Sessions, who were very gracious local hosts, and really drew a crowd.
Saturday brought with it the Chattanooga Old Fiddler's Convention, where we saw dozens of friends...and then competed against them in the band competition. And WE WON!! It was our first contest victory, and we were very, very excited. We celebrated at Champy's with some of their famous fried chicken, and a 40 oz beer which Ariel poured expertly.
On Sunday, we played a sold-out show with the Little Country Giants at the Grocery in East Atlanta. The whole night was satisfying. Great music, homey venue, and a very attentive crowd. We drove home to Asheville feeling very happily accomplished.