Folk/Country/Bluegrass Songwriter JAN SMITH – The next incarnation of Gillian Welch is hiding out in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia. Jan Smith pens emotional songs of the southern landscape and simple life of local folks from her home base in the rural outskirts of Charlottesville. She delivers her stark front-porch stories behind pure string sounds through a voice that’s antiquely stunning with modern hues. On her Landslide Records debut, 29 Dances, Smith proves it’s all there for her to become an Americana mainstay. “I work out emotions and try to make sense of experiences through songwriting,” she says. It’s only a matter of time before she’s invited down from the mountain to become a modern-day Opry darling.
Dining and music from 6–9 pm. No cover charge. Space limited. Call for seating availability. Stone Soup Books and Café, 908 W. Main St., Waynesboro 540-943-0084, www.stonesoupbooks.net