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Article Published: May. 31, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 3, 2012
Modern Day Woody Guthries

Dana and Susan Robinson

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“Rural Roots: Mountain Songs,” will be presented this Saturday, June 2nd on Mountain Home Music. Featured will be Dana and Susan Robinson from Marshall, North Carolina.

Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American Experience. “Like Woodie Guthrie, they have traveled and lived from coast to coast, from New England to the Pacific Northwest,” said Joe Shannon, host of Mountain Home Music. “In the process they met lots of folks and wrote many songs about their experiences,” he added.

Dana and Susan Robinson moved to the North Carolina Mountains in 2002. But they spend a lot of time on the road. They are full-time musicians, and they tour nationally and internationally.

The Asheville Citizens Times said, ”Their music and cleanly poetic songwriting bring to mind the great folksingers of our times…rural America explored with elegant simplicity.” Dirty Linen Magazine said, “Many songwriters have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries or keepers of the American rural spirit, but that mantle might be better entrusted to musicians like Dana Robinson who embody both the heart and soul of folk music.”

Martin Moore, a hammer dulcimer player based in Boone, will also perform. “For many years, on many occasions, visitors to the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, were welcomed by the music of Martin Moore,” said Joe Shannon. “Martin’s specialty is playing old-hymns on the hammer dulcimer.” He currently has four CDs to his credit.

The concert will take place at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium in downtown Blowing Rock. Starting time is 8 p.m.

Tickets for “Rural Roots: Mountain Songs” are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10 and a child’s ticket is $5.

Tickets may be purchased at the Mast Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s 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, downtown Blowing Rock.

Tickets may also be purchased online though the Mountain Home Music website: For more information, go to 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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