What a special treat for Joe Shannon's Mountain Home Music to present two much admired keepers of mountain traditional storytelling, ballads and songs! Both Bobby McMillon and Glenn Bolick along with Glen's wife Lula, are recipients of the two most prestigious awards for folk artist - the North Carolina Folklore Society's Brown Hudson Award and the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award.
Bobby McMillon, is heir to numerous strands of Appalachian culture. From his father's family in Cocke County, Tennessee, he learned primitive baptist hymns and traditional stories and ballads. From his mother's people in Yancy and Mitchell Counties, North Carolina, he heard "booger tales, haint tales," and legends about the murder of a relative named Charlie Silver. In Caldwell County, he went to school with relatives of Tom Dula, learned their family stories, and heard ballads, gospel songs, and Carter family recordings. Bobby performed at the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1982 and at the National Folk Festival in 2003 at the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Glenn Bolick and Lula live between Blowing Rock and Lenior, NC just inside the Caldwell County line. Glenn grew up surrounded by sawmilling, storytelling, and music, and today he carries on these three traditions. Glenn is also a potter who learned from his wife, Lula whose Owens family pottery tradition dates back five generations. Glenn and Lula have turned the family land into a sawmilling, pottery-producing, music-making, heritage homestead where they host numerous events. Glenn has that unique mountain ability to keep audiences riveted to their seats with his stories and music.