Central Virginia’s Jan Smith pens emotional songs of southern landscape and local folks, beautifully set behind rolling bluegrass and vintage country through a voice that reminds of Gillian Welch and Natalie Merchant.
“If you’re so inclined, now’s the time to pray,” booms our skydive instructor, Frank “The Tank” Avila. He yanks my harness so tightly that we are spooned together like a married couple. Under any other circumstance, I would blush. But Frank, I remind myself, is my lifeline for the next several minutes. I surrender to the experience.