The mountains in Upstate South Carolina are the Rodney Dangerfield of the Blue Ridge – they don’t get no respect. Perhaps it’s because they’re so much lower than in North Carolina. Sassafras Mountain, the highest point in South Carolina, is only 3,554 feet high compared with Mt. Mitchell’s 6,684 feet. However, the gorgeous views, amazing rock outcropping and outstanding waterfalls makes these mountains a great place to explore almost anytime except the height of the summer.
Benny “Burle” Galloway has been a constant on the Colorado bluegrass scene for years. He is a longtime friend and collaborator of the boys of Yonder Mountain String Band, who cut an album of Galloway’s tunes (2003’s “Old Hands”). The Wayword Sons, Galloway’s latest project, is fast making waves in jamgrass circles.