Jeanne Jolly sings. It’s her job.
This Saturday night, June 16, she’ll go to work on the Mountain Home Music concert series.
And she’ll sing because it’s not only her job, but also her passion.
That passion was noticed while she was at Western Carolina University, while at the New England Conservatory of Music, while touring with Grammy Award winner Chris Botti, while recording with acclaimed songwriters Lowen and Navarro, and while playing such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Based in Los Angeles, Jolly missed her North Carolina roots and, in 2009, returned home, where she began working more on her own music and writing more of her own songs.
In 2010, Jolly released “Falling in Carolina,” an album with a Carolina Country theme, where she is featured on vocals, baritone ukulele, piano and guitar.
In response to “Falling in Carolina” and her North Carolina performances, NC Metro Magazine awarded her “Best Local Musician” in 2010 and 2011. Also, in 2011, she was a featured artist at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis, Tenn.
About Jolly, NC Metro Magazine said she embodies “the early belting power of Linda Ronstadt,” and MetroMusicScene in Virginia compared her voice to “the delicate lilt of Allison Krauss.”
Chris Boerner (guitar), Ally Love (pedal steel) and Nick Baglio (drums) will join Jolly for the concert.
This concert, “Creative County: Singers and Songwriters,” will also feature local singer Mary Greene. She will sing well-known songs by well-known Appalachian singers and songwriters, such as The Carter Family and Scotty and LuLu Belle Wiseman.
The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 170 Councill Street in downtown Boone (behind Earth Fare). Tickets for “Creative Country: Singer & Songwriters” are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10, and children’s tickets cost $5.
Tickets may be purchased at the Mast Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s Mercantile on Beech Mountain, Kudzu Music (formerly Rydell’s) 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.
The purpose of Mountain Home Music is to honor the music and the musicians of the Appalachian region.
Mountain Home Music is affiliated with the Blue Ridge Music Trails, a project of the North Carolina Arts Council.