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Joe Newberry & Mike Compton at MHM

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Article Published: Oct. 10, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 13, 2013
Joe Newberry & Mike Compton at MHM

Joe Newberry and Mike Compton will perform Oct. 12 for Mountain Home Music.

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Award-winning banjo player, singer and songwriter Joe Newberry will be on Mountain Home Music this Saturday night, Oct. 12.

So will his musical partner, Mike Compton, a Grammy Award-winner.

“We’re glad to have them back,” said Joe Shannon, Mountain Home Music founder and host. “Last year, our audience responded to Joe and Mike like audiences have nationwide, with awe and great appreciation.”

Who are they? “If you don’t know their names, you may know their music,” Shannon said.

You may know Joe Newberry from his numerous appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” from his banjo playing with Mike Craver, Jim Hicks and Bill Watson — the original Red Clay Ramblers — or from his singing, songwriting and tours.

You may know Mike Compton from his days of playing with John Hartford or from his appearances on the soundtracks of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Cold Mountain.”

If you follow bluegrass music, you may know that Joe Newberry co-wrote “They Call It Music,” this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association Song of the Year. Last year, he wrote “Singing As We Rise,” which won the Gospel Recorded Event of the Year for 2012, recorded by The Gibson Brothers with Ricky Skaggs.

About Joe Newberry and Mike Compton, Chris Stuart from Bluegrass Today said, “They pull-off what’s almost impossible these days: honest, genuine music that will get your soul dancing.”

And Bradley Klein from National Public Radio said, “With deep roots in both the bluegrass and old time traditions, Mike Compton and Joe Newberry can accomplish a lot with just a single microphone, a mandolin and a banjo or guitar.”

Also performing Saturday night will be a group of young fiddlers, led by Cecil Gurganus from Boone’s Jones House Community and Cultural Center. The fiddlers are Liam Purcell, Willow Dillon, and Kathleen and Anissa Burnett. “They will play a preshow concert, and they will also play a short set during the show,” Shannon said.

The concert will take place at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium, located on Sunset Drive in downtown Blowing Rock. Starting time is 7:30 p.m., with preshow music starting around 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10, and children’s tickets cost $5. Tickets may be purchased at Mast General Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s General Mercantile on Beech Mountain, Kudzu Music 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, 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.

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