Jeremy Jones explores the culture and history of the Blue Ridge Mountains through song and reading at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Performing old-time banjo tunes and reading excerpts from his book “Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland,” Jones presents the sounds and stories of his native Appalachian mountains in a blending of personal narrative and folklore.
In “Bearwallow,” his first book, Jones turns his attention to the complex and rich world of his Appalachian past and to understanding how this landscape shaped his own identity. Jones and his wife move into a small house above the creek where his family had settled 200 years prior, and he takes a job alongside his former teachers in the local elementary school. But living at the foot of Bearwallow Mountain after a year in Gracias, Honduras, makes Jones realize he has lost touch with his Appalachian-crafted voice. Thus, he sets out on a search that sends him burrowing into the past and pondering the future.