The original idea was to release this podcast in multiple parts, but with COVID-19 causing the cancellation of the 2020 Spring Shakori Hills Festival we decided to release the full conversation as one long piece for your listening pleasure.
We wanted to bring fans some previously unreleased tunes and a bit of history on both Donna the Buffalo and the GrassRoots festivals.
He performs four previously unreleased songs and the Donna the Buffalo staple, “Across the Way.” The new songs include two co-written with Gregor Bone “You Might Be Just Like Me” and “Your Name.” The two other new tunes are “Thinking You’re the One” and “Nothing to See Here Folks” closes out the session.
Jeb was gracious enough to take us on a journey through a wide-range of topics including the magic of Shakori Hills, some Col. Bruce Hampton stories, and his thoughts our current political situation which, at the time of recording, was headed towards an impeachment trial.
The North Carolina festival broke the mold on how to operate a festival as it is a nonprofit endeavor, based in volunteerism, that provides funding for arts and music education in a county with upwards of 70% of children on the free and reduced lunch plan.
The duo performed three songs, all in one take, including “Give It Time”, which was her NPR Tiny Desk submission, “Why’d Ya Do It”, and a previously unreleased, slightly risqué, track entitled, “Ding Dong Daddy.”
In between the tunes Sierra discussed life on the road, her musical journey, and where she would like to take her music in the future.
Lunch was provided by the Pickle Jar Cafe, located in Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro.
Recorded live at Circle City Recording on Friday, October 4, 2019.
Executive Producer and Host: David Dean, Marketing Director, Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance