In the shadow of Jump Mountain, just outside Lexington, 100+ guests gathered at Grace Hill Farm on Saturday to enjoy Blues, Brews, and BBQ, for a toe-tapping benefit for the Taubman Museum of Art. After five days of heavy rain in our region, the weather cooperated, and on Saturday the sun came out, the humidity dropped, and Fall was upon us. What better way to celebrate the weather change than a retreat to the mountains of Rockbridge County to eat delicious BBQ and listen to hot blues?
The food on hand was delicious, provided by Blue Ridge Catering and paired perfectly with cold Deschutes beers, and wines from the local Jump Mountain Vineyard. The music for the festivities was generously donated by two local blues bands, Smokestack Lightnin’ Blues Band and the JoJo Stockton Band. Smokestack Lightnin’ kicked the night off, playing a combination of originals and blues standards as the crowd began to arrive. The band was nestled at the back of a small central building that allowed for the sound to project out over the dining area, but also permitted guests to get up inside to dance. Smokestack Lightnin’ played for two hours, and near the end, Kerry Hurley, local bluesman and host of 101.5FM’s Sunday show “Blues with a Feeling”, joined the band to perform the blues standard “Goin’ Down” (video below), and then kicked it up a notch with a swampy version of Slim Harpo’s classic “I’m a King Bee.”