Masters of Mountain Music
This Memorial Day weekend, Mountain Home Music will present "Masters of Mountain Music," featuring master musician David Johnson and the Studio Band.
The concert will be Sunday, May 29, at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium. Starting time is 8 p.m.
"We have had a Mountain Home Music concert on Memorial Day weekend for 16 years," said Joe Shannon, Mountain Home Music founder and host. "It's a time to gather and enjoy the holiday, and also a time to remember the service and sacrifice of veterans. This Memorial Day weekend we will celebrate and we will remember."
David Johnson, a member of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, will perform with some long-time friends and fellow studio musicians. This includes piano players Jeff Collins and Richard Putnam, drummer Tony Creasman and bassist Tracy Davis.
David Johnson, a multi-instrumentalist, plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, dobro, steel guitar, bass, drums, viola, cello and piano.
As studio musicians, the job of each of these musicians is to help other musicians sound good, on CDs, soundtracks and iPods.
Clients of David Johnson and the Studio Band include Ralph Stanley, Tony Rice, Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Kathy Mattea and an innumerable list of country, bluegrass and gospel groups.
Somewhat ironically, studio musicians, or at least these studio musicians, rarely perform as a group in public. Perhaps playing eight to 10 hours per day, five or six days a week, diminishes the appeal of live performance.
"Fortunately," Shannon said, "about seven or eight years ago, David Johnson, a frequent Mountain Home Music performer, coaxed his pals to perform on the show. They loved it, and so did the audience. They are now a part of our lineup each year."
Tickets for "Masters of Mountain Music "are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Mast Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred's Mercantile on Beech Mountain, Rydell Music Center in Boone, and at Pandora's Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop, both in the Martin House on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock.
Tickets may also be purchased online at http://www.mountainhomemusic.com. For more information, visit 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.