Seeing an original member of Uncle Walt's Band perform in Spartanburg on Friday — at the downtown library around lunchtime, or at the FR8yard in the evening — was special for many who have followed the band's career since the 1970s.

David Ball began playing with the band nearly 50 years ago at the Wofford College Coffeehouse. The band members at the time included Ball, Champ Hood, Kathy Hyatt, Walter Hyatt, Jimmy Hilton and Nancy McElvee. At the time, they were known as The Walter Hyatt Consort. The Hyatts, Ball and Hood would later continue as Uncle Walt's Band.

Ball returned to the Hub City on Friday with That Carolina Sound, whose membership includes Warren Hood and Marshall Hood, both Champ's relatives.

"I grew up listening to these guys," said Jim Brown of Spartanburg. "It's great Spartanburg music, and you have got Marshall Hood and Warren Hood out there with the original David Ball. They sound as good as the originals."

Brown watched That Carolina Sound's performance at the library. It was nearly standing room only in the Barrett Room, where the familiar songs enjoyed a warm reception.

Michael Myers, of Las Vegas, grew up in Spartanburg listening to Uncle Walt's Band, whose first album, "Blame It On The Bossa Nova," was released in 1974. Myers was in Spartanburg Friday recovering from surgery and decided to see That Carolina Sound at the library.

"It's just a real treat to come down here and celebrate local music," Myers said. "This music connects me to the town where I grew up. The sound is so sweet to me."

Spartanburg resident Jelka Stojanovic comes from a family of Uncle Walt's Band fans.

"It has fantastic sweet harmonies," she said. "I knew how popular they were in the 1970s. My brother and sister listened to them play in local bars and other places. Their music just makes you happy. It's feel-good music."

Ball said he enjoyed playing in Spartanburg again for a live audience.

"It's great, you know," Ball said. "We have done some stuff in Texas, and it's good to bring it home. Spartanburg is just home to me. I miss Champ and Walter so much. This is a way to bring those days back. They were good days, and it's great to see a lot of fans in Spartanburg and share our music with everybody."

That Carolina Sound played many of the songs performed by Uncle Walt's Band. Ball shared how his former band members influenced his career. He still enjoys playing all the band's old songs.

"I really got into music learning from Walter and Champ," he said. "Walter was an extremely gifted songwriter."

Uncle Walt's Band continued to hold reunion shows into the late 1980s.

Marshall Hood said That Carolina Sound works hard to embrace the country and bluegrass music that fans of Uncle Walt's Band enjoy.

"It's just good to be back in Spartanburg to perform for everybody," he said.

Ball and That Carolina Sound will play a second show Saturday night at the FR8Yard, with Marc Higgins & The Chainsaw Bears once again opening. The show starts at 6 p.m.