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Singer/Songwriter Night: Bob Hinkle, Brian Hilligoss, Ash Devine
November 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT$10
Singer and bass guitarist Brian Hilligoss, who shared the stage with Roy Acuff, Porter Wagoner, Connie Smith and performed stand-up comedy with friend and mentor Minnie Pearl at the Grand Ole Opry in his early 20’s, headlines Singer-Songwriter Night at the White Horse Black Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. He will be joined by singer-songwriter-poet Bob Hinkle, long-time music industry icon and White Black Mountain founder and venue manager, and Ash Devine, an award-winning folk-Americana-country singer and student of The Carter Family songbook.
BOB HINKLE, owner of White Horse, is an Asheville native who spent over 40 years in New York at the center of popular music. Beneath his humble demeanor and casual approach is a lifetime of experiences and relationships with many of America’s finest musicians, record labels, and companies of the past half-century. He’s worn many hats in his career, singer, songwriter, poet, recording artist, composer/lyricist, corporate executive, consultant, music writer, artist manager, executive producer, record label founder. These roles brought Bob in contact with a virtual who’s who of the music industry.
BRIAN HILLIGOSS – SINGER/SONGWRITER/SPEAKER was singing on the Grand Ole Opry by the time he was twenty-one and shared the stage (at the same time) with Roy Acuff, Porter Wagoner, Connie Smith, and performed stand-up comedy with his friend and mentor, Minnie Pearl. The years he spent at Opryland U.S.A., as a performer and musician, were the most valuable he will say. “I learned from so many crazy-talented folks about musicianship, performing, dancing, and how to read an audience and get in their hearts.”
Brian went on to be a published songwriter and tour as a bass player and vocalist, with Louise Mandrell, Alan Jackson, and other headline artists while enjoying numerous appearances on television and in Las Vegas with the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr.,Ray Stevens, George Burns, Johnny Carson, Mickey Gilley, Roy Clark, Ralph Emory, and others.
Brian is also co-founder of Ending the Silence, mental health advocacy and school educational program for NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness. https://www.nami.org/find-support/nami-programs/nami-ending-the-silenced.
ASH DEVINE, a highly-acclaimed songwriter and Folk-Americana-Country musician, is a multi-talented humanitarian performance artist and teacher Ash. Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Devine is now based in Asheville. She is an accomplished instrumentalist on finger-style and Carter scratch guitar and innovative original Ukulele playing. In 2015, Devine starred as Maybelle Carter and musically co-directed the production of “Esley: The Life and Music of Leslie Riddle” at the Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville, N.C. Recently seen on stage with NEA award-winning Appalachian folk artist Sheila Kay Adams, Devine performs an eclectic repertoire of both traditional and original tunes.