Lake Logan, just outside Asheville, North Carolina, looks like a spectacular place for a music festival.

A pristine lake. Beautiful mountains. Outdoor adventure. Craft food and beverages. Incredible bands.

Intrigued?

If so, you need to check out Cold Mountain Music Festival, on the banks of Lake Logan, next weekend. The line up is eclectic and the festival site looks serene.

Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics

Featured on the line up are Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, a rocking old soul outfit based in Atlanta. I recently caught up with Ruby to chat about next weekend’s festivities and how she spends her own time during the summer festival circuit.

BRO – For the uninitiated, what can fans expect at their first Soulphonics show?

RV – A powerhouse performance that will make you move your hips and use your mind. A trip down memory lane, but with a new musical story, and a good time with great people, all making the stank face because the good music keeps cookin’!

BRO – When you have a free minute off stage, where do you like to wander at a festival?

RV – I’m always by the water if I can be, or just in the sunshine soaking up good bands. We love festivals in North Carolina because the nature scenes are second to none. Sometimes, I’ll find a quiet artists lounge, too, and just relax. It all depends on the vibe of the fest and the weather.

BRO – Any festivals on your personal radar that you’d like to catch as a fan?

RV – I just had a blast at Shaky Knees, and I’m a huge fan of fests like Hangout Fest. Anywhere where you can get closer to a beach! I would love to catch all the fests in Mexico and Brazil, as I think they would dig our sound, too.

BRO – What makes for the perfect festival green room?

RV – Not much is required. Always nice when there is a changing room or a shower, but just as comfortable with a nice couch, lots of outlets, and – of course – food! The spread must be healthy and a little bit indulgent. The guys may say a bottle of Bulleit makes for the perfect green room, but I like snacking more than drinking these days.

BRO – Other than Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, of course, who is your can’t miss artist at Cold Mountain Music Festival?

RV – I’m looking forward to supporting femme-rocker Kat Wright. I’ve heard amazing things about her style and sound, so I cannot wait to catch her. And we are definitely looking forward to sharing our sound across Lake Logan!

The Cold Mountain Music Festival kicks off next Friday, May 31st, and features Yonder Mountain String Band, J.S Ondara, Kat Wright, Calexico, and many more!

You can get more info on the festival, the line up, and tickets by surfing over to their website.

Speaking of tickets, Trail Mix would like to give you and a friend the chance to check out the festival for free! Take a shot at the trivia question below. A winner of two camping passes and some festie swag will be chosen from all correct answers received by Monday (May 27th) at noon!

Good luck!

Question – Lake Logan and the Shining Rock Wilderness Area are a part of what incredible national forest?




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