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Fourth annual Sodstock scheduled for Oct. 5

October 8, 2013

“C & M Traveling Show,” Jonathan Birchfield and “20/20 Band” are scheduled to headline the Fourth annual Sodstock on Saturday, Oct. 5. The music is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.

In 1978 a group of Catawba county musicians came together to form a country band. The background of this band included hard rock, blues, country, jazz and bluegrass. From these influences something unique emerged. The band was known as the “C & M Traveling Show.” Although mainly country, their song list ranged from Hank Williams Senior and Junior, to Elvis Presley to the “Seldom Scene” to “the Eagles” to “Deep Purple,” Frank Zappa, “Lynyrd Skynrd” and the “Allman Brothers.”

Starting on jam nights at Fast Company in Hickory, C & M developed a strong fan base, and went on to become regulars at Yesterday’s, P.B. Scott’s in Blowing Rock, the Double Door Inn in Charlotte and Cowboys at Myrtle Beach. After working hard as full-time road musicians for several years the band called it quits and settled into their own lives, where they have stayed for the past 30-odd years.

Then, Facebook happened. A fan in Tupelo, Mississippi posted a comment wanting to see C&M together again, “any place, anywhere.” Melvin Caldwell of Newton took the lead in organizing and contacting people, and set up the Facebook page. Fans posted messages and photos encouraging the band to perform again. Caldwell put in a lot of hours working on the reunion show, and the Facebook group grew to 373 members. An old friend of the band, Jonathan Birchfield, agreed to set up the reunion concert and other old friends, the Carter Brothers, also agreed to play. The first Reunion Concert, Sodstock I, was held on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the Catawba Turf Farm. This year marks the fourth in the series.

The current lineup of “C & M Traveling Show” consists of original members Marshall Sipe, Joe Biggerstaff, Danny Sexton and Mike Walkup, with Jim Ashton and Ross Sermons joining the group for the reunion performance.

Another performer scheduled for Sodstock includes Birchfield. Born and raised in the very place that lives in between, not quite mountain and not yet sand, the foothills of North Carolina, Birchfield has had music running through his veins since before he can remember. The traditional music flowed down the streams and rivers of east Tennessee where his heritage is steeped in rich music, songs played for the queen of England and preserved in the Smithsonian.

For more than 25 years Birchfield has toured throughout the southeast with this band. He’s been around, From New York, Dallas, Montana, San Fransisco and Chicago.

His sound is fueled with the funk of Little Feat, the driving country of Zac Brown, the mournful lyrics of John Hiatt and Jackson Browne, the harmonies of CS&N and “the Eagles,” and rounded out with Birchfield’s “rockin’ good time” originals. Birchfield and his band have such a wide variety of music and styles that every ear will be entertained.

Birchfield has either supported or shared the stage with such greats as Jimmy Buffett, Brooks and Dunn, Edwin McCain, Mac McAnally, Robert Earle Keen, Allison Krauss, Guy Clark and Dale Watson, just to name a few.

With the music of Birchfield, you will have the time of your life, be moved to tears recalling lost loves living in places deep in your heart, and the freedom of carefree days gone by.

The popular group, “20/20” Band, is known for its covers of Eric Church, “The Black Keys,” “Coldplay,” “Led Zeppelin,” “Aerosmith,” Buffett, Van Morrison, “Beatles,” “Monkees,” “The Who,” “Queen,” “Kings Of Leon” as well as many other popular bands.

The last local band, “20/20” is slated to perform, is know to perform at Hickory Tavern, Rock Barn, Lake Hickory Country Club, private parties, Oktoberfest. They have played to 12,000 and opened for the headliner in 2011 and 2012, Silver Bullet, Youseff 242, Mosteller Mansion, Hickory Museum Of Art, etc. The band performed with former Beach Boys and Frankie Valli guitarist / singer, Adrian Baker in 2010; and made it through three rounds of "America's Got Talent" in 2011. The group has been asked to open for Montgomery Gentry and Colt Ford for several tour dates beginning Sept. 2013 and will headline Oktoberfest Friday Oct. 11. Formed in 2008, the group consists of four eye doctors, a very near-sighted singer, and an engineer.

“Black & Tucker” will also be appearing.

Tickets for the show are $25 and camping spots are $10. The gates open at 12 p.m.

For more information contact David McCart at 828-428-5635, Mike Walkup at 828-381-4825 or Allen Finley at 828-324-6700.

The event is located at 1890 HW Farm Rd. in Maiden.

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