Rock band Cullowhee reunites Sept. 27 for revitalization effort

Cullowhee the band, pictured above, will perform at WCU Sept. 26.

Cullowhee the band, pictured above, will perform at WCU Sept. 26.

The mountain rock band Cullowhee, named for the community where its sound was born, will reunite for a show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University.

The show, originally planned for WCU’s Homecoming weekend but rescheduled to the evening of Mountain Heritage Day, is fundraiser for the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavour. The nonprofit organization is working to help revive the “Old Cullowhee” area on Old Cullowhee Road adjacent to Western’s back entrance. Specifically, the concert will raise money for a $15,000 roadside sign to be made of native stone and cedar.

“Music about the Cullowhee community and created in Cullowhee is a rich part of the history of this place,” said Christopher Blake, co-chair of the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavour and assistant professor of English at WCU. “We are excited that Cullowhee – the band – will return to Cullowhee – the community – to share music, laughter and memories with us once again.”

Cullowhee the band (pictured) traces its roots to the 1970s. What began as a folk trio evolved into a six-man mountain rock band featuring former WCU students Terry Edwards, Mike Clark, Sandy Flynn and Thom Jenkins, as well as Fred “Rick” Hubbard and Woody Jenkins. The band wrote and performed music including “Smokey Mountain Feeling,” “Old Man of Sylva” and “Peace on the Mountain.” Cullowhee last toured in 1984.

“We were proud of where we came from,” said Flynn. “We called our music mountain music, and spread the name Cullowhee around the country and world, playing to audiences from 10 to 20,000.”

Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased before the show at Cullowhee Real Estate. Tickets purchased by mail can be picked up on the night of the show at the will-call window at Coulter Recital Hall.

For more information, contact Blake at (828) 227-3920 or