This week's edition of WDVX's "Behind the Barn" series will feature the Reeltime Travlers at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria.
"Behind The Barn" is a Wednesday night staple in the Old City. The show, hosted and produced by Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle, features different regional and national bluegrass musicians each week.
"They bring in an eclectic group of people each week as far as music," said Don Creech, Barley's general manager.
This week's act, the Reeltime Travelers, is an old-time band from Johnson City.
"Old time is hard to explain," said Babra. "It's not like modern day bluegrass. It's a little more rough around the edges. I guess you could say it's the predecessor to bluegrass."
The "Behind the Barn" show can be heard on 89.9 WDVX-FM or streamed live on the web at WDVX.com every Wednesday night from 9 p.m.-10 p.m., but most agree the show is best experienced in person.
Jack Womack, a junior in history, spoke highly of a recent "Behind the Barn" bluegrass performance he attended.
"They kicked it with a tasty groove," Womack said.
Jake White, a junior in history, said, "The bluegrass music is good and the beer is cold. I like it."
Creech attributes the show's success to a mixture of musicianship and atmosphere.
"It's a really unique place," he said. "It's got a unique atmosphere and an old class atmosphere that's really neat. You find an ambiance here that you just don't find other places."
Creech added that having 40 different beers on tap didn't hurt, either.
The weekly event typically draws in a crowd of between three and four hundred people.
"We're busy every Wednesday," said Amanda Rogers, a bartender at Barley's. "The downstairs is packed."
Rogers said the performers typically play an hour for the broadcast - between 9 and 10 o'clock - then resume playing for an additional hour and a half after a short break.
This week, music begins at 8 p.m. with the live broadcast beginning at 9 p.m.
Barley's Taphouse is located at 200 E. Jackson Ave. The event is open to all ages and has no cover charge.
Bluegrass show at barley's
Published: Wed Jan 09, 2002 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:58 p.m.