“Sheila Kay tells stories about her home here in the mountains," says Madison County Arts Council executive director Laura Boosinger. “Her performances are full of humor and passion for this region.” But Adams (also an author, musician and seventh-generation ballad singer) has a reach that extends far beyond Western North Carolina. She's a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, the recipient of the N.C. Folklore Society's Brown-Hudson Award and has been hailed as "the key figure in carrying forward to this day the tradition of unaccompanied ballad singing that has enriched her community for more than two centuries." Adams puts on a hometown performance at the Madison County Arts Center in Marshall on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. $15. madisoncountyarts.com.