Pilgrim, Elmore and Bob play “Black Eyed Suzie”


Pilgrim, Elmore and Bob play during a rainstorm in the entrance to the Miles Building.

What’s a group of buskers to do when they’re ready and willing to play, but the weather has different plans? Hiding out in the entrance of the Miles Building during a fierce rainstorm, traveling buskers Pilgrim, Elmore and Bob had planned on busking in front of the Iron sculpture in downtown Asheville. As a result, they were instead playing tunes largely to entertain each other until the torrent passed.

After talking to them a little, they decided to play me the traditional tune “Black Eyed Suzie” on fiddle, banjo and wooden spoons.

If you like what you hear, there’s more online. Pilgrim and Bob are both members of the New Orleans-based band Drunken Catfish Ramblers.