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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Overflow Audience for "White Lightning" Show, March 12, City Lights, Sylva

Wow. What a night with the Liars Bench at City Lights this past Saturday night! Thank you ladies and gentlemen for making this "white lightning" show an overwhelming success.

Paul Iarussi and Benny Messer of the "Sweet Tater Band" entertained everyone with their foot-stomping old time claw hammer guitar and "upside down and backwards" banjo music and singing.

Marion Jones and Jack Parris described in detail how Smoky Mountain 'dew' was made in Marion's genuine moonshine still. The audience learned how to become amateur distillers of the finest 'medicinal' spirits.

Lloyd Arneach entertained us all thoroughly with his authentic Cherokee stories.

Steve Brady gave a detailed (and sometimes personal) and very entertaining history of the earliest beginnings of the very close association between NASCAR and moonshine bootlegging giving new meaning to "drinking and driving."

Gary Carden, despite technical difficulties with the a/v equipment, had everyone laughing and clapping with his stories of 'Major' Louis Redmond, Jackson County's most famous (and successful) moonshiner.

Thank you Paul, Benny, Marion, Jack, Lloyd, Steve, Gary, Dave; and, most of all, thank you our audience and loyal fans for being our special guests at The Liars Bench--the region's only authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, dramatic, and folk arts live variety show.

Our next presentation is at the Chautauqua Andrews, Friday April1 at 7pm at the Valleytown Cultural Arts Center where the cast of The Liars Bench takes our unique brand of Southern Appalachian entertainment "beyond the Iron Mountains and into the West." Go to for more details.

On Saturday April 9 at 7pm The Liars Bench returns to City Lights Bookstore in Sylva for "Creeks, Rivers, and Ridges of the Great Smokies" with special guest and award-winning author, outdoorsman, and Bryson City native Jim Casada.

Again folks, thank you for your support. We couldn't do it without you.
Carl Iobst
The Liars Bench
P.S. Bodine says 'hey.'