Mac Traynham. Courtesy of Blue Ridge Music Center.

Mac Traynham will perform from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14, at Mabry Mill, milepost 176, on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The outdoor concert is one of the free Milepost Music sessions offered at popular historical sites in the national park. 

Hailing from Floyd County, Traynham is known for his rhythmic clawhammer banjo style, as well as his old-time fiddling, guitar and harmonica playing, and singing. He plays mountain music that was prevalent in the Blue Ridge Mountains before the advent of modern technology. Old songs and “ancient” tunes are Traynham’s specialty.

Mabry Mill concerts are held in the grassy area near the blacksmith shop and the sorghum shed on the second Sunday of the month. Visitors are invited to bring a chair. Eric + Addie will play the next session at Mabry Mill from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, September 11.

The Milepost Music concerts showcase regional musicians playing traditional music at Humpback Rocks, Peaks of Otter, Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area, Mabry Mill, and Doughton Park on rotating Sunday afternoons.  The programs are a collaboration between the Blue Ridge Music Center, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and National Park Service