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

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Moonshiners’ Reunion just wants to be fun

by Michael B. Smith
Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Sept 27, 1996

The Fourth Annual Moonshiners’ Reunion starts today, and festival coordinator Barney Barnwell is understandably excited.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” says Barnwell. “It always is. Lots of good music, and we’ve invited country crafts people to come in and set up their wares. As always, there’s plenty of room for camping out overnight, too.”

A native of Campobello, Barnwell carved his very unique niche in the tree of rock ‘n’ roll during the 1970’s, as the fiddle-sawing front-man for the Plum Hollow Band. Plum Hollow was an eclectic group of Upstate musicians who combined elements of bluegrass, rock’n’roll and country music into one tight package. Today, Barnwell and his band, Woodstick, play host to their fourth annual Moonshiners’ Reunion and Mountain Music Festival.“Spartanburg Herald-Journal”Continue reading

The Inman Times

Barnwell Hosts Moonshiner’s Reunion – always the first weekend in October every year!!!

by Michael B. Smith
The Inman Times, Inman, SC
Thursday September 26, 1996

The Fourth Annual Moonshiner’s Reunion is slated for this Friday and Saturday at Woodstick Farms in New Prospect.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” says reunion coordinator Barney Barnwell. “It always is. Lots of good music, and we’ve invited country crafts people to come in and set up their wares. As always, there’s plenty of room for camping out overnight, too.”

Between the time Campobello native Barnwell tap-danced of TV with his little sister, and the time his band, Woodstick, recorded their CD “20 Years in the Making” in Nashville earlier this year, Barnwell led the life of a true southern road musician.“The Inman Times”Continue reading