lynn’s a 65-year-old kid. He runs GA Zeigler Construction Co., so he’s always building things. At the same time, he operates the bi-yearly Albino Skunk Music Festival, arguably the largest privately owned, longest-running multi- day fest in the state—if not in the South. He founded his contracting company in 2002. He started the festival in 1995. He lives in his office, a bungalow that he repurposed at 204 W Stone Avenue in Greenville. SkunkFest, as it’s affectionately known, takes place at his 22-acre Blue Ridge farm.
“Originally, when I was going to have a party . . . I said, ‘Let’s have a little cookout and have some bluegrass.’ It wasn’t even live music—we were just going to play CDs. Then we set it up, and I said, ‘Let’s call it a festival. I know some bands out there; let’s get some pickers,’” Zeigler says.
The (blue)grassroots event has since blossomed from three bands and 60 friends on a Friday night to twice-yearly festivals that feature nearly two dozen bands playing to as many as 1,500 fans. Glynn’s once-free party now must charge admission to pay for the festival’s rising stars, which tend to play the more popular and mainstream Americana rather than bluegrass nowadays. Glynn points with no small pride to several Skunk alumni who Made It Big after playing his small, front-porch-style stage: the Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive, and Trampled by Turtles, to name a few.
“When you come to SkunkFest, you’re going to meet your next favorite band,” Glynn says.