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Nashville songwriter memoir
Grant King, author of Love Songs for a Country Lane, will read his work at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.
King, when younger, hung around many of the legends of the Nashville scene and wrote songs that now famous country music recording artists have made into hits that topped the Billboard charts. Many years later, a Nashville original offers this collection of selections from his songwriting archives as well as poems that he has written since those hallowed Nashville days.
And so it is in this book of selected songs and poems that King reemerges as one of Western North Carolina’s best-kept secrets from almost a lifetime of silence after having had, in his younger years in the late 1960s, three Top 100 hits on the Country Music Billboard magazine charts at the same time.
Over a two-year period, King submitted 12 songs to the record label he had signed with, 11 of which were recorded by several artists. Songs he wrote and that were recorded at the beginning of what promised to be and what everyone in Nashville thought would be the beginning of a long and celebrated career.
As a player in the Nashville Country Music scene in the 1960s and 1970s, King was a close friend and collaborator with such music legends as Kris Kristofferson, Chris Gantry and Eddie Rabbit whom he used to jam with in Kristofferson’s small apartment in the mornings before Kristofferson would go to work as a janitor at the offices and studios of a major Nashville record label.
Sylva poet presenting at Jackson library
Wanda Mills will present a multimedia poetry program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
Mills is from Jackson County and lives in the Ochre Hill Community in the home where she and her sister, Nelda, grew up. She has an associate degree in early children specialist from Southwestern Community College and has also taken classes in creative writing.
Mills began writing in her early 20s and has recently started writing poetry and short stories again. A lot of her writings reflect her experiences living with cerebral palsy. She has found, because of her difficulty in speaking, she is able to convey her thoughts and ideas through her poems and stories.
This program is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.
• Diving into the rich, vibrant and controversial history of bluegrass music, If You Can’t Play, Get Off the Stage: Bluegrass in Western North Carolina and Beyond is the debut work from Garret K. Woodward, arts/entertainment editor for The Smoky Mountain News. Woodward will be holding a reading, bluegrass discussion and book signing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The book features interviews, profiles, quotes and conversations with the biggest names in bluegrass, mountain and string music. In 2016, Woodward was nominated for “Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). For more information on the book and where to purchase it, click on www.facebook.com/yobrodobro.
• Paige L. Christie will present the first book in her Legacies of Arnan series at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Janny Wurts said of Draigon Weather, the first book in the series, “A tightly focused first installment that delivers a delightful twist on the classic folk tale of appeasement by sacrifice.”
• Terry Roberts will present his new novel at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Set in the summer of 1866, a year after the Civil War has ended, That Bright Land is the story of Jacob Ballard, a former Union soldier and spy who has been sent south into the North Carolina mountains to find a serial killer who is carrying out his own private war in an isolated community. His journey also takes him home to the mountains where he was born. As he searches for the killer, he meets a war widow who helps him heal his own wounds and make peace with his past. Based on true events, That Bright Land paints a compelling picture of a violent and fragile nation in the wake of the Civil War.