There will also be an excerpt from local playwright Peggy Douglas’s play, “A Visit with Mother Maybelle,” which celebrates the life of Maybelle Carter. Peggy’s one-woman show of old-time music and original poetry monologues brings a little-known, but important, woman to life. The Appalachian Carter family made an indelible mark on American recorded music, and Maybelle is considered responsible for taking the then-underplayed guitar and making it the cornerstone of country instrumentation. One of the first well-known female voices in country music, Maybelle’s voice had a Gothic quality that is found in Irish and Scottish folk music. Maybelle Carter crossed styles, genres and generations, yet hers is not a household name.
“Mother Maybelle” will reveal herself in this one-woman show combining poetry, performance and music, giving audiences a sense of this warm and slightly starchy figure with an occasional twinkle of mischief in her eyes. The monologues and music will capture the girlishness that was said to remain a disarming element of Maybelle’s personality throughout her life.
Sponsored by River City Sessions, a monthly program at The Camp House featuring local and regional musical acts along with southern storytelling, this event will take place in breathtaking surroundings at 7 p.m.
“We’re really excited about performing at sunset on such a beautiful property,” said Michael Gray, director and facilitator of River City Sessions. “Lula Lake has such a unique story to tell and it will be the perfect backdrop to share our southern culture.”
“We’re grateful that River City Sessions has decided to partner with us,” said Mike Pollock, executive director of Lula Lake Land Trust. “We really appreciate the proceeds from the benefit, but we’re also really looking forward to hosting friends on a Friday night with excellent entertainment.”
Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per person and the proceeds benefit the Lula Lake Land Trust. Food and beverages will be available on site for additional purchase. The concert will be recorded live and will air the following Sunday on WUTC 88.1 FM.