App Summer hosts Mountain Heart and Tony Rice July 29
Appalachian State University's An Appalachian Summer Festival presents an evening filled with the sounds of acoustic music by the legendary bluegrass artist Tony Rice and breakout stars Mountain Heart on Friday, July 29, at 8 p.m. at Farthing Auditorium.
Learning the basics of bluegrass from his father, Tony Rice has grown to become one of the greatest innovators in acoustic flat-picked guitar and has inspired artists, such as Mountain Heart, to take chances and create a sound all their own.
After playing in bluegrass groups for most of his career, Rice went solo with his act in 1979 and recorded the guitar-oriented album, "Acoustics." In 1980 he joined forces with four other bluegrass musicians and recorded six albums together under the name, Bluegrass Album Band.
He released several other solo albums, which introduced a new sound to bluegrass that incorporated his disparate influences, combining bluegrass, the songwriting of folk artists like Ian Tyson, Joni Mitchell, Phil Ochs and Gordon Lightfoot, with jazz-inflected guitar work.
Rice remains one of bluegrass's top instrumentalists and singers, bringing originality and vitality to everything he plays.
Fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented, Mountain Heart combines elements of rock, country, blues, jazz and bluegrass into an unmistakable high-energy sound.
Beginning in 1999, the group has appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 125 times and has shared the stage with acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, The Avett Brothers and Patty Loveless.
In 2010, they released their seventh album, "That Just Happened," which was released on their own imprint, MH Music Group. Folk Music About.com says, "The energy they bring to any room is unstoppable, and the band's instrumentalism proves...mind-bogglingly good."
Tickets to Mountain Heart and Tony Rice cost $28 for general admission, $16 for students ages 6-18, $15 for ASU students and $10 for children 5 and under. Tickets are available by calling (828) 262-4046 or visiting http://www.appsummer.org or the Farthing Auditorium box office.