From Tony Kiss at the Asheville Citizen-Times:
ASHEVILLE – In the 1970s and through the 1980s, Bill Stanley was the undisputed king of barbecue and bluegrass in Asheville. His namesake restaurant was jumping day and night with lively music by the old Marc Pruett Band and was a magnet for locals and tourists alike.
Stanley shut the place in 1989 and went on to become a Buncombe County Commissioner. And the Grammy-winning Pruett has enjoyed much success in the bluegrass game plays with the band Balsam Range.
On Saturday, the two will reunite for a bluegrass and barbecue festival at the Land of the Sky Shrine Club just off U.S. 70 in East Asheville. The shindig, which includes a bluegrass competition, happens during Asheville’s Bele Chere festival, providing an alternative to that event. But that wasn’t the idea, Stanley said. “It was the only time we could get Balsam Range,” he said, noting the group’s busy performance schedule.
Stanley said he’ll personally cook the barbecue and even whip up a batch of hushpuppies. “We’ll do this three times a year, maybe four, at the Shine Club, we’ll do it for friends or at the VFW post,” he said. “And if someone really gets to me, I’ll come and cook for them.”