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JIMMY LANDRY, MALCOLM HOLCOMBE, WOODY WOOD Appearing Sat Oct 6th 2018 at 8pm

$12 in advance
$15 at the door

There are people in this world....
who make you feel better just by being around them.
There are people in this world ...    
whose smile lights up hearts ... and not just rooms.
There are people in this world .......   
who have the gift of crafting songs which resonate deeply
  which speak to the universality of  the human experience.

JIMMY LANDRY is one of these people.

White Horse is thrilled to host
 Jimmy Landry's 
Tenth Annual Birthday Bash 
..... featuring three of America's top 
performing songwriters:  
 Malcolm Holcombe, 
Woody Wood, 
and of course
..... Jimmy himself.

Excerpts from a recent article by Fred McCormick in the Black Mountain News:

Birthdays mean different things to different people. Some mark the occasion with a quiet evening among friends and family while others treat the annual milestone as they would any other day, without the traditional celebration.
But for Black Mountain singer-songwriter Jimmy Landry, who was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2008, birthdays are a thing to be revered. And there is no better way to celebrate defying the odds, he believes, than with music and the people he loves.........

....... Landry has been bringing talented musicians to the Swannanoa Valley for more than two decades. He has been a familiar face around Black Mountain's celebrated music venues, which have attracted well-known musicians from throughout the country.

“When I first moved to Black Mountain in the early 1990s, I was a part of the birth and growth of the Grey Eagle (before the venue moved to Asheville in 1998), which tried to fill a void left by the closing of McDibbs Music Hall,” Landry said. “I have such wonderful memories of meeting and hearing so many wonderful musicians and helping to bring some of them here to perform.” .......
.......  In March 2008 Landry received the news that he might not live through the end of the year.

"A noted cardiologist told me 'textbooks would say you have six months,'" he said. "I made a commitment to becoming the most compliant patient they had ever known."
Landry made a complete lifestyle change, switching to a vegan diet and exercising regularly. His music career was moved to the back burner as he focused on living.

"I look at every day as a gift," he said. "I say 'thank you' every morning."
Although he couldn't play regularly, Landry didn't lose his love for music. In fact, about 18 months after his diagnosis, he decided to host the Jimmy Landry's 1st Annual Birthday Bash at the White Horse.

Each year he invites on stage a few of the friends he's made during his career in music. The setting is casual, like the fireside sessions that took place at events Landry played before his diagnosis, such as the Kerrville Folk Music Festival in Texas.........


Washington DC native Jimmy Landry has been a fixture on Asheville's lively music scene for more than two decades. He's shared stages with musical icons as diverse as Stevie Ray Vaughn, David Crosby, David Wilcox, John Gorka, Party Larkin and many more, and has been a featured performer at prestigious festivals like Kerrville, The Philadelphia Folk Festival and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Landry brings his great songs, memorable voice and passionate enthusiasm, all tied together by his powerful sense of the power of community.

Jimmy has served as a catalyst for so much of what's happened in the Asheville singer/songwriter scene's over the past quarter century. He's brought many nationally renowned performers to the area and he's served as a supporter and encourager of numerous other local artists.

In 2008 he received a life-altering diagnosis of congestive heart failure and faced an uncertain future. Jimmy's life took an 180 degree turn as his entire focus shifted to staying alive. So the opportunity to celebrate another year of life means much to Landry. To be able to celebrate another year with two of his closest friends in the musical world makes it even more special .

Jimmy, being Jimmy, is reluctant to shine the spotlight on himself. He's very modest about his own accomplishments in spite of high praises heaped on him by others. But Jimmy's not shy about wanting to help others out. A switch to a healthy lifestyle saved his life and Jimmy is committed to encouraging others to take care of their health.

CLICK HERE to visit the performers website

"Malcolm Holcombe has been western North Carolina’s resident poet of the disparaged, desperate, broke down and hard-working salt-of-the earth people of the mountains for a long time now.

Holcombe knows of what he sings as he has lived many of the human situations that inhabit his unique and idiosyncratic story songs, and his life on the road experiences fuel his innovative and hard-scrabble guitar playing.

Holcombe’s latest album is called “Pretty Little Troubles” and the genius of the project was the addition of Darrell Scott as producer and sideman."

-- Derek Halsey

Woody Wood grew up in the North Carolina foothills, surrounded my musical talent. His father, Al Wood, was a pioneer in defining contemporary bluegrass in the 60s and 70s, while his mother introduced him to the joys of vintage rock’n’roll.

He absorbed those influences and more before moving to Asheville at age 20 and launching a musical career with the the swing ragtime band The Blue Rags. The group recorded two CDs for Sub Pop Records and toured the country for five years before disbanding. 

Wood’s work as a solo artist is steeped in Southern soulfulness, and he counts New Orleans as a kind of second home and inspiration. His newest release, Sunshine, was recorded in Nashville with some of his former Blue Rags bandmates, and he continues to be in demand as a studio musician and creative collaborator.