MHM hosts autumn concerts
Each autumn the mountains are covered with roadside apple stands, the wafting smoke of warm fires, and swarms of folks seeking something authentic: The sweet taste of buttered corn, friendly conversation, the ring of a banjo, and the glow of autumn leaves.
Each autumn, beneath a canopy of golden leaves, Mountain Home Music does its part to share in this experience. There are banjos, fiddles, and dulcimers, a warm place to gather, and a community of mountain musicians and friends.
October concerts begin with "Country Music (Piano) Classics" on Saturday, Oct. 9. "Heartwarming Elegance and Hard-time Honky-tonk" will be featured on Saturday, Oct. 16, and "The Mountain Dulcimer" will be highlighted on Saturday, Oct. 23.
All Mountain Home Music concerts will be at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium in downtown Blowing Rock. Starting time is 8:00.
"Country Music (Piano) Classics" on Oct. 9 will feature David Johnson and the Studio Band.
Johnson is a MHM regular and a member of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. His day job is working as a studio musician; he adds his fiddle, guitar, banjo, piano, cello - or whatever else - to the recordings of others. For his work, even though he plays many styles of music, he has twice been named National Studio Musician of the Year in Gospel Music.
Johnson will be joined by some of his studio buddies - a very select group - to share some country music classics. They will highlight piano classics.
On Saturday, Oct. 16, Mark and Julee Weems, a.k.a, Little Windows, will offer "Heartwarming Elegance and Hard-time Honky-tonk."
Little Windows' gentle renditions of traditional Appalachian and Celtic melodies have brought them international acclaim. They tour nationally and internationally and have been featured several times on NPR's Thistle and Shamrock, produced by Fiona Ritchie in Scotland.
They also have musical alter egos; they are part of a group, The Cave Dwellers, that plays hard time honky-tonk. For this concert, Little Windows and The Cave Dwellers will share the stage.
"The Mountain Dulcimer" will be featured on Saturday, Oct. 23. The mountain dulcimer has deep roots in Watauga County. Most likely, German immigrants who settled in the Valle Crucis community before the American Revolution brought it to this area.
Anne Lough will be featured on this concert; she is a master player and teacher, and has been performing and doing workshops on the dulcimer for more than 30 years. This will be her first MHM appearance. Also performing will be Susan Pepper, Ericka Godfrey and Chris Testerman, traditional music makers from Appalachian State University.
Tickets for this and other Mountain Home Music concerts may be purchased online through Mountain Home Music's website: http://www.mountainhomemusic.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the Mast Stores (Boone and Valle Crucis), Rydell Music Center (Boone), Fred's Mercantile (Beech Mountain), and at Pandora's Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop (Blowing Rock).
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets at the door must be paid in cash or by check.
For more information, go to http://www.mountainhomemusic.com or call (828) 964-3392.
Mountain Home Music is affiliated with the Blue Ridge Music Trails, a project of the North Carolina Arts Council.