“And, no sermon!”

That’s how one happy attendee summed up the good time he’d just had at this past Sunday’s Gospel Brunch.

Kyshona, Ansley, and Betsy

An opening number before we eat.

With a menu prepared by the National’s Peter Dale and a soulful set performed by the trio of Kyshona Armstrong, Betsy Franck, and Ansley Stewart, the Rialto Room at Hotel Indigo was the place to be for anyone in need of nourishment—spiritual or otherwise. No one left without a full stomach and a fresh attitude.

Peter with two happy brunchers.

Peter with two happy brunchers.

The Gospel Brunch was the first of what we hope will be a long tradition of events related to our brand new music series. Stay tuned for news about the inaugural series title, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music, written by the Grand Ole Opry legend himself along with Peter Cooper, editor at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Including many historical photos, the book will range across more than fifty years of country music history—with a good bit of that history made by Anderson himself.


A sampling of our great books on southern music and food.

Thanks again to all who came to brunch, and a big thanks also to our gospel trio for the great music; to Peter Dale for the superb spread; to Springer Mountain Farms for the delicious chicken that Peter paired with polenta; and to Hotel Indigo for use of their beautiful Rialto Room.

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