Hidden in plain sight, the Fletcher Supply Company (aka the Feed & Seed) has sat on the main road of Fletcher, NC for over ninety-four years. Originally built in 1919, the Fletcher Supply Company served the surrounding area for many years until it was edged out of business by large corporate retailers. Spotting the vacant building, Pastor Phillip Trees approached owner Harry Thomas, Sr. with the idea of using the building to house his congregation and hosting bluegrass venues in 2007. Pastor Phillip, along with his wife, Amy, their family and the congregation, restored the building through their hard work and donations from the community.
It was in this latest incarnation that April Janow discovered the Feed & Seed, while working in Asheville, NC. In her daily commute to the office, she admired the architecture of the building, and on weekends, the crowds and music that were going on inside. A year later, April was able to actually go to a Saturday night show, and enjoyed seeing the fun that was being had by everyone. She met Pastor Trees that night, and the next day, asked if he was interested in participating in a documentary about the Feed & Seed. Two weeks later, filming began and both April and Dax Cuesta of (sic) Films, LLC, started filming.
Both April and Dax felt that the ambiance of the Feed & Seed was reminiscent of years gone by. Here is a community that would come together to listen to music, dance, see friends and enjoy a night out. The setting of the Feed & Seed is so special that it's almost as if time has stood still.
At The Feed & Seed covers some of the lively history of the Fletcher Supply Company, a typical Saturday night with bluegrass music and clogging, and the Feed & Seed church services on a Sunday morning.
Lonesome Will Mullins grew up near Clintwood, Virginia, in a house that was filled with family musicians and plenty of bluegrass, old time, and country music. He learned to play the banjo and guitar as a teenager, and before long he was playing in several bands while honing his trade by studying the work of bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, and Dr. Ralph Stanley. To say he learned well would be an understatement.
Today, Lonesome Will is one of the most accomplished singers and musicians around. Also influenced by Jerry Lee Lewis, he mixes traditional bluegrass music with a breathtakingly energetic stage show. Backed by the Virginia Playboys, the show will be jam-packed with hard driving bluegrass, old time clawhammer banjo, and gospel music. When Lonesome Will takes the stage, audiences are swept away by his range, talent, and showmanship.
The Virginia Playboys will be backing Lonesome Will. The Burrows brothers – Adam and Jake – and Dorse Sears are the Virginia Playboys. From the mountains of North Carolina, Jake and Adam Burrows have a history of bluegrass in their family. The McPherson Brothers Band, who played on the Grand Ole Opry and shows with the great Jim and Jesse McReynolds in the ‘60s are their uncles. Their love of bluegrass began there, and they’ve learned well. Jake and Adam can play pretty much any instrument they pick up. Dorse Sears grew up in West Virginia and developed a love of bluegrass music as a young man. Captivated by the music of Jimmy Martin and Ralph Stanley, he began his career playing fiddle. When he picked up the mandolin, however, he simply couldn’t put it down. His playing is heavily influenced by Bill Monroe and Ronnie McCoury.