Fall into Mountain Home Music

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Article Published: Sep. 27, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 27, 2012
Fall into Mountain Home Music

Jeff Little, known as ‘The Piano Man of Blue Ridge,’ will perform Oct. 6 at ASU’s Rosen Concert Hall.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

Mountain Home Music is ready for the fall season.

Banjos and fiddles are tuned, performers are excited, and the stage is set.

First up, on Saturday, Sept. 29, is a blast from the past — “North Carolina Beach Music & Boogie,” featuring the Boone-based band, Nightlife.

“Nightlife plays all sorts of music,” said Joe Shannon, Mountain Home Music producer and host, “but this year, we’ve asked them to take us back to the beach and back to the days of early rock ‘n’ roll.”
Selections may include “Under the Boardwalk,” “The Rose,” “Dock of the Bay,” “Proud Mary” and many others. Nightlife features Graydon Eggers, Bryan Haas, Michele Haas, Bob Sanger and Jason Brasher.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, The Piano Man of the Blue Ridge, Jeff Little, will take the stage. Little is a bluegrass, blues, honky-tonk, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll piano player. He plays Mountain Home Music each year, and, each year, the concert sells out. Former National Banjo Champion Steve Lewis and bassist Josh Scott will join Little.

Music “From the Hills of Old Virginia” will be featured on Saturday, Oct. 13. Playing the music will be Skeeter and the Skidmarks, an old-time mountain band from Woodlawn, Va., that features banjo, fiddle and mountain ballads.

“Blue Ride Bluegrass” will ring from the MHM stage on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Darin & Brooke Aldridge band will do the picking. Darin Aldridge, the band’s founder, has played with The Country Gentleman, Mac Wiseman, Blue Highway and many other well-known bluegrass bands.

All concerts, except the Jeff Little concert on Oct. 6, will take place at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium on Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock. The Jeff Little concert will be at Rosen Concert Hall on the Appalachian State University campus. Starting time for all concerts is 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets cost $10, and children’s tickets are $5.

Tickets may be purchased at Mast General Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s General 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 though the Mountain Home Music website, http://www.mountainhomemusic.com. For more information, visit the website 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.

Additional Images

Jeff Little, known as ‘The Piano Man of Blue Ridge,’ will perform Oct. 6 at ASU’s Rosen Concert Hall.
Photo by Frank Ruggiero

Darin and Brooke Aldridge, known as 'The Sweethearts of Bluegrass,' will perform Oct. 20 for Mountain Home Music.
Photo by Frank Ruggiero

Skeeter and the Skidmarks will perform Oct. 13 for Mountain Home Music.
Photo submitted

Nightlife will bring the sound of the beach to the mountains for a Sept. 29 Mountain Home Music concert.
Photo submitted

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