Mountain Home Music begins its 20th summer season this Sunday
night, May 26, with “Musical Memories: Memorial Day,” a concert that will feature classic country
and patriotic songs.
Music comes courtesy of David Johnson and the Studio Band. This band only performs in public once a year, and this is for Mountain Home Music. But they play together often in recording studios.
David Johnson (multi-instrumentalist), Tracy Davis (bass), Danny Crawford (piano), Richard Putnam (piano) and Rick Murry (drums) play behind the scenes to help others sound good.
Some of the “others” include Tony Rice, Arthur Smith (writer of “Dueling Banjos”), Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson and thousands of others.
David Johnson and the Studio Band play on CDs, mp3s, and on radio and television, but their names, at least to the listening public, aren’t well known. But among professional musicians in country, gospel and bluegrass, it’s quite the opposite, particularly with David Johnson, who has twice been named National Studio Musician of the year in the field of gospel music.
Also, along with Doc Watson and the original Carter Family, he was in the inaugural class of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.
“In addition to country classics,” said Joe Shannon, Mountain Home Music founder and host, “‘Musical Memories: Memorial Day’ will also feature songs of remembrance and honor, songs dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”
The concert will take place at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium on Sunset Drive in downtown Blowing Rock. Starting time is 7:30 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 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 at http://www.mountainhomemusic.com. 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.