Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine showed off his musical abilities – and his appreciation for craft beer – at an unannounced campaign stop in Asheville Monday night.
After a planned rally, Hillary Clinton’s running mate stopped by Catawba Brewing Company in Asheville’s South Slope neighborhood. He took out his harmonica and joined musicians Nikki Talley and Jason Sharp on stage for a cover of the Old Crow Medicine Show song “Wagon Wheel.”
Wagon Wheel is particularly popular in North Carolina, due in part to bar patrons’ proclivity to shout out the lyric “if I die in Raleigh, at least I will die free.”
The trio also played “My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains,” which prompted his wife Anne Holton to briefly show off her clogging abilities.
Kaine, a Virginia senator, is holding a rally in Fayetteville on Tuesday. Holton will in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon to visit the Clinton campaign’s office on Millbrook Road and meet volunteers. She plans to “discuss Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine's commitment to building an America that is stronger together and their agenda for tax fairness and investing in North Carolina,” according to a news release from the campaign.
Before leaving Asheville, Kaine and Holton sampled some North Carolina craft beer from Catawba.
The musical moment might have looked spontaneous – Catawba was scheduled to hold an open mic night Monday – but Talley and Sharp had already been working with the Clinton campaign. They’d played the national anthem at the rally earlier in the day.