Although the Appalachian Barn Alliance exists to preserve Madison County’s historic barns through photography, stories and architecture, an upcoming benefit for the nonprofit calls upon the area’s musical heritage for entertainment. Local acts The Sons of Ralph (bluegrass), Peter Gott (’60s-inspired banjo and guitar) and Matthew Curry and The Carolina Two (country honky-tonk) all play live sets before a duo performance by award-winning fiddler Susi Gott and guitarist Marty Lewis. The two songwriters will draw heavily from their Madison County-inspired catalog, and special guests will be invited onstage for even more collaboration. The concert kicks off at the Ebbs Chapel Performing Arts Center in Mars Hill on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m. $20/$25. appalachianbarns.org. Painting by Polly Gott
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