Roan Mountain Hilltoppers play Jones House
Published: 12:00 PM, 06/21/2012
Last updated: 12:01 AM, 06/23/2012
The town of Boone presents Concerts at the Jones House on Friday, June 22, with The New River Boys and The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers.
The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers are a Southern Appalachian traditional mountain music string band, having performed at venues, such as the American Folklife Festival at the Smithsonian, Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn., and the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn. The have won many ribbons, honorary awards and acknowledgements throughout their long history.
The Birchfield family of Carter, Tenn., learned old-time mountain tunes and ballads from their father and uncles who played as part of the local mountain culture. Joe and Creed were born in the early 1900s and raised on Roan Mountain in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Joe’s son, Bill, carries on the tradition with his wife, Janice, as the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers. When Joe died, Bill switched from guitar to fiddle, and Janice continues to play washtub bass, with newer members in other instruments. Boone native Josh Hayes will play banjo with the band on Friday.
The New River Boys formed in an Appalachian State University dormitory stairwell in 2009, and they have brought their blend of traditional and innovative string band music to the High Country ever since. The group blends guitar, cello and mandolin, combining influences from traditional mountain music, to contemporary groups, such as the Avett Brothers, to classical music and original songs.
Concerts at the Jones House take place in downtown Boone at 604 W. King St. every Friday from June through September. The free concert starts at 5 p.m., and patrons are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit in the lawn.
The 2012 Concert series is sponsored by MPrints, Stick Boy Bread Company and Melanie’s, Footsloggers, Mast General Store and the Downtown Boone Development Association.
For a complete schedule, visit http://www.boone-nc.org or call (828) 262-4576 for more information. The Jones House Community Center is located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone.