"Ya'll hear anything ya like?"
Bob Wyatt, secretary and treasurer of The Carolina Country Bluegrass Gospel Hall of Fame, asked that question and received a big helping of "yeah!" from the crowd.
Welcome to the third annual Bluegrass Festival, hosted by the Hensley family on the spread located on the road that bears their name.
The Carolina Country Bluegrass and Gospel Hall of Fame is a nonprofit agency in the Carolinas made up of musicians over the age of 40 who've had at least two records.
With six harmonicas strapped across his chest and one in the pockets of his overalls, Bill Baker of Fort Mill was ready to jam.
"I have two CDs out and played with Inspiration Bluegrass all over North and South Carolina, but tonight, I just hope I can jam a little bit with some of the guys," he said.
Bands such as Deeper Shade of Blue, Pine Tuckett, Toby Creek, Ridge Hill and Southern Connection were all part of the lineup.
"When I did some family research, I learned that I had a second cousin, Samantha Baumgardner, who sang and played the banjo and the fiddle at family gatherings," Bill Hensley explained. "She was one of the first Appalachian women to record commercially, so I decided that I should donate the use of my land to promote music."
Hensley, along with Bill Wyatt of Rock Hill, has hosted this local collection of musicians for the past three years. In the past, the Hensley family fest was about enjoying the music and fellowship. This year, the event - held Oct. 3-4 - was intended to raise money to help ailing musicians who lack health insurance or otherwise can't afford care.
"I played and traveled for 65 years," said Wyatt, who is approaching 80 years old. "I am antique and after having a few strokes, I have to just play with my three sons locally now."
Wyatt played with such musicians as Snuffy Jenkins, Clyde Moody and Jimmy Stone and had some of his CDs displayed at the festival.
"The high cost of gas is killing us this year, but we hope to have a couple hundred people enjoy the good music this year. It is a good time full of music."
The Bluegrass Festival brought folks from all different parts of the Carolinas. Joyce Roszack of Monroe, N.C., came all the way down to listen to the bands, but she got up to clog some with them, too.
"The little clogger says it's all good," she said.
"That's all I listen to, is bluegrass," Lancaster's Tony Shehane said. "But I couldn't carry a tune in a bucket with a lid on it."
This was Barry Smith's first festival. Traveling all the way from Belmont, N.C., he said he came to see his favorite, Pine Tuckett.
Dave McClellan of Fort Mill, who serves as the organization's president, said it donated $17,000 last year to musicians in need.
For more information or to make a donation, contact McClellan at (704) 578-6496 or at email@example.com.