MHM prescribes Big Medicine

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Article Published: Jun. 13, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 16, 2013
MHM prescribes Big Medicine

Big Medicine, featuring Joe Newberry, LaNelle Davis, Kenny Jackson and Bobb Head, will perform at the June 15 Mountain Home Music concert.

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Music can sooth the soul.

It can move the heart, lift the spirits, make you cry or tickle your feet. Music can be Big Medicine.
And for millions of listeners, the music of Big Medicine has had this effect.

Big Medicine has often been featured on National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor, which is broadcasted to 600 public radio stations each week and has about 4 million listeners.

About Big Medicine, Keillor’s said, “…They’re just a great band. I love this band.”

Big Medicine consistently serves up a powerful potpourri of deep-rooted old-time mountain music, early style bluegrass, original songs and fresh arrangements.

One of the most influential old-time bands in the American traditional music scene since 1999, Big Medicine has released three critically acclaimed albums and has performed for concerts, dances and festivals across the U.S. and overseas.

Members of the band, all veteran multi-instrumentalists and singers, are some of the most highly regarded contemporary performers of American traditional music.

Joe Newberry, who first appeared on MHM with Mike Craver, Jim Watson and Bill Hicks, the original Red Clay Ramblers, has become a frequent guest on “A Prairie Home Companion” and MHM.

Kenny Jackson plays fiddle, banjo and guitar and is deeply rooted in the music of the Southern mountains. Bobb Head contributes guitar, banjo, bass and harmony singing to Big Medicine, and LaNelle Davis also plays bass and sings.

A variety of critics and reviewers describe Big Medicine’s blend of fiddle tunes, ballads, heart songs, hymns and early bluegrass as “joyful,” “impressive,” “spirited,” and “powerful.”

The concert, “The Medicine of Music,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Blowing Rock First Baptist Church, located at 350 Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock. Tickets cost $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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