Hillbilly Heaven

The Moonshiners Reunion & Mountain Music Festival is full of down home fun
BY Nathan Bayne

The first time a fellow passed me a half-gallon Mason jar full of wild peaches and wild dirty moonshine, I would have resisted if I’d known how much I’d end up liking it. And while you can expect to see several folks wielding white lightning at the 9th Annual Moonshiners Reunion this weekend in New Prospect, the real attraction is what’s on stage. The Moonshiners Reunion & Mountain Music Festival is a two-day event featuring local and regional bluegrass bands on an outdoor stage with surrounding campsites and the beauty of the Foothills ushering in the fall.”We’re sort of the outlaws of bluegrass,” says Barney Barnwell of the Plum Hollow Band, which headlines the event. Barnwell hosts the festival on his 50-acre farm near Spartanburg and welcomes in nearly a half-dozen other traditional and alternative bluegrass bands. Scheduled to perform are the Custom Grass Snakes, the Electric City Hillbillys, the Drovers Old Time Medicine Show, Cedar Top and Hobo.“Hillbilly Heaven”Continue reading