ADVANCE, N.C. — At the Bojangles’ on U.S. 158, the fixins’ include dirty rice, mac ’n’ cheese, coleslaw and, on Thursday evenings, a heapin’ helpin’ of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” “Dueling Banjos,” “Ruby” and other bluegrass standards.
The music sometimes compels folks to set down their chicken legs and buttermilk biscuits and flatfoot among the booths and pushed-together tables.
For the past three years, the restaurant in Davie County has been host to an open bluegrass jam that draws all manner of musicians from the surrounding counties, playing everything from banjos and guitars to spoons and washboards.
Franklin Hyder of Mocksville is almost always among them, plucking the single rope on his homemade bucket bass.
Indeed, the thump thump thump from his bass that reverberates through the parking lot is the first tipoff that something unusual is afoot inside the restaurant.
“This is as much about the community getting together than anything,” said Hugh Quinn, who has managed the restaurant since it opened 11 years ago.