Despite a forest of vibrant colors all around and plenty of good company, it’s been a sad week in Balsam. Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Craft, a longtime friend of the Balsam Mountain Inn, passed away last weekend at age 76. A wickedly clever writer and all around hell of a guy, Paul, along with Balsam innkeeper Merrily Teasley, launched the Balsam Songwriters in the Round in 1996.
Paul’s visits to the inn, often accompanied by sidekick songwriting luminaries like Bill Edd Wheeler and Thom Bresh, made for legendary weekends and many happy times.
We’ll miss you Paul.
… soon all the good times
The gay times and play times
Like colors run together and fade
Oh Lord if you hear me
Touch me and hold me
And keep me from blowing away.
– “Keep Me From Blowing Away”, written by Paul Craft, first recorded by Linda Ronstadt, 1974
Anglers and Appetites at the Balsam Mountain Inn
Fresh, local mountain trout is a signature dish at the inn, and fly fishing is a favorite activity of our guests. Last fall we were happy to host Dave Zelski and Phil Proctor of the FOX Sports South television series “Anglers and Appetites” for a visit to the inn.
After Dave’s outing along Jackson County’s famed fly fishing trail, Phil and Balsam Chef Phillip Paige tried out a simple, sumptuous grilled trout recipe.
See the entire episode below, or catch the Balsam segment beginning at the 15:30 mark.