MHM to begin 19th season
Mountain Home Music is set to begin its 19th season of honoring the music and musicians of the Appalachian region.
“It started as an idea,” said Joe Shannon, executive director of Mountain Home Music. “The idea was to showcase local and regional performers. The first obstacle to implementation was obvious: Would anyone pay to see someone they’ve never heard of? I knew friends and family might show up, but friends and family wouldn’t be enough to support a concert series. It was a pretty big challenge.”
Appalachian State University filmed the concerts for the first two years, and each concert aired on local access television.
“This helped to get the word out,” Shannon said. “It also demonstrated to a broader audience the quality of local performers.”
People did come. Larger venues were needed. Local churches volunteered their facilities and, when needed, ASU offered the Plemmons Student Union and the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. The Boone and Blowing Rock business community also offered support through sponsorships.
Mountain Home Music (then called Music in the Mountains) grew. It moved from television to local radio and then to public radio. It also moved fall concerts to Blowing Rock.
“But all this movement took time and energy, and, truthfully, I tired,” Shannon said. “Selling local, not too famous musicians took constant work. More work was required than I could do.”
In 2003, Mountain Home Music became a nonprofit organization – and a team.
“And in a way,” Shannon said, “it became a large extended family: volunteers, musicians, businesses and loyal patrons. Now, the beginning of each new season feels a lot like a family reunion. It’s been quite a journey, and I’m looking forward to the future.”
For more information about the 2012 season, visit http://www.mountainhomemusic.com or call (828) 964-3392.
2012 Summer Schedule
Banjo Jubilee: Steve Lewis, Edwin Lacy, Brandy Miller — 8 p.m., Saturday, May 19, Blowing Rock School Auditorium
Country, Gospel, and Piano Classics: David Johnson & Studio Band — 8 p.m., Sunday, May 27, Blowing Rock School Auditorium
Rural Roots, Mountain Songs: Dana and Susan Robinson — 8 p.m., Saturday, June 2, Blowing Rock School Auditorium
From Asheville to Boone: Red June — 8 p.m., Saturday, June 9, Blowing Rock School Auditorium
Creative Country, Singers and Songwriters: The Jeanne Jolly Band — 8 p.m., Saturday, June 16, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, downtown Boone
Old Time Banjo, Fiddle, and Mandolin: Joe Newberry, Mike Compton — 8 p.m., Saturday, June 23, Blowing Rock School Auditorium
Gentle Rings, Dulcimer Strings: Ken Kolodner — 8 p.m., Saturday, June 30, Blowing Rock School Auditorium
Bluegrass & Brass: MHM Bluegrass Boys, King Street Brass — 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, Blowing Rock School Auditorium
Celtic Fiddle & Dance: The April Verch Band — 8 p.m., Sunday, July 8, Blowing Rock School Auditorium
Ballads and Bluegrass: Strictly Clean & Decent, The Sheets Family, and others — 8 p.m., Sunday, July 22, Grace Lutheran Church, downtown Boone
Bluegrass, The Early Years, Vol. II: Dave Haney and Company — 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, Meadowbrook Inn, downtown Blowing Rock
Celtic Winds: Al Petteway & Amy White — 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, Blowing Rock School Auditorium
The Colors of Country: David Johnson & Dixie Dawn — 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, Blowing Rock School Auditorium
A Labor Day Celebration: MHM Bluegrass Boys, Mark & Julee Weems — 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2, location TBA