From my story in today’s Asheville Citizen-Times about the future of a bluegrass jam spot known as Mrs. Hyatt’s Oprahouse:
A decades-old bluegrass jam that’s seen everyone from amateur pickers to Grammy winners play in its circle may be in jeopardy, according to a member of the family that has hosted the weekly gathering.
Karen Cogdill Reilly is mounting a campaign, asking the public to support the jam at its location in a small garage at 627 Brevard Road near the WNC Farmer’s Market. The garage is lovingly known as Mrs. Hyatt’s Oprahouse by a loyal following of banjo pickers, fiddlers and fans of bluegrass. It’s been home to regular jams since the mid-1970s, and it is named for 95-year-old Nelia Hyatt, Cogdill’s grandmother.
Cogdill Reilly said Monday she’s afraid the property will be sold and the site of the musical meet-up will be lost.
Check out the Facebook page for Mrs. Hyatt’s Oprahouse for more on this developing story. There’s a FB event inviting people to come out to the jam on Thursday in support of the event. The event listing says Mrs. Hyatt’s home is going to be demolished next week.