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Kirby, Welch and Stone to pick at Jones House

Article Published: Sep. 2, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Kirby, Welch and Stone.

They're no strangers to the Concerts on the Lawn, and Friday the Jones House will get a triple dose of their old time country twang.

Like all great teams, KWS came out of humble beginnings.

"I've known John (Kirby) for years," Stone said. "He used to be the manager at the music store in the mall. Gosh, everybody knows John Kirby."

Add in a mutual love of bluegrass and the stylings of local legend Charles Welch (Kirby's friend), and it's the stuff legends are made of.

"The one thing that we had in common to begin with was we all loved and appreciated Mississippi John Hurt," he said.

The blues and ballad singer from the '20s may have brought them together, but it's the country blues that keeps them connected.

Stone, who moved to Boone, the place he and his family "always called home," from Washington D.C. in the '70s, can't get enough of the roots beat. He started picking in the early '60s ("It was a wonderful alternative to the popular music of the time," he said) at the beginning of the folk revival and found himself picking up a guitar. It had been a long time coming.

"My grandmother was from Boone, and she had old banjos and stuff around her house," he said. "I became interested in the old time music."

And, once he put his fingers to the strings, the rest was history.

The mandolin-banjo-guitar player goes on with Kirby and Welch at 5:45 p.m. The Jones House Concert on the Lawn kicks off at 5 p.m. with the Dashboard Hula Boys (made up of members of the Lost Faculties).

Series sponsors include Watauga Insurance Agency Inc., Mast General Store, Downtown Boone Development Association, Footsloggers and Panera Bread. Concerts on the Lawn always start at 5 p.m. Bring your own chair.

The Jones House Community Center is located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-4576.

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