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‘Musical Traditions’ at MHM

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Article Published: Jun. 6, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 9, 2013
‘Musical Traditions’ at MHM

Steve and Ruth Smith will perform at Mountain Home Music's June 8 concert, 'Musical Traditions.'

Photo by Lonnie Webster



High-energy bluegrass and the soft, sweet sound of the hammered dulcimer; that’s what’s on hand this Saturday night on Mountain Home Music, a concert series dedicated to honoring the music and musicians of the Appalachian region.

The High Country Ramblers will perform the high-energy bluegrass. Steve and Ruth Smith will share the soft, sweet sounds of the hammered dulcimer.

“The High Country Ramblers are well connected to bluegrass legends,” said Joe Shannon, Mountain Home Music founder and host. “And Steve and Ruth Smith were recently named American Instrumental Group of the Year at the 2013 Appalachian Cultural Music Association awards.”

David Wiseman, Alan Johnson, Ron Shuffler, Jim Smith and Perry Woodie are the High Country Ramblers.

Wiseman (mandolin) comes from the Wiseman family of Avery County, which includes Scotty and Lulu Belle Wiseman, radio and movie stars of the 1930s and 1940s, who were known as “Sweethearts of the Grand Ole Opry.”

Wiseman was also known for writing the 1960s hit, “The Legend of the Brown Mountain Lights.” In addition to performing with the High Country Ramblers, David Wiseman also performs with famed banjo player Raymond Fairchild.

Johnson (fiddle) learned to play fiddle from his father, who spent time as a fiddler for the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Alan Johnson has played in many bluegrass bands, including BlueRidge and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.

Shuffler (bass) also has a strong musical heritage. His brother, George, played guitar with Carter and Ralph Stanley, one of the first bluegrass bands; and it was George Shuffler who introduced the guitar as a lead instrument in bluegrass music. Ron Shuffler also performs with Strictly Clean & Decent, a band well known to Mountain Home Music audiences.

Woodie plays the banjo and dobro in the High Country Ramblers, and Smith plays the guitar.
Steve and Ruth Smith play a unique blend of Appalachian Americana music, featuring hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, guitar and old-time banjo.

About Steve & Ruth Smith, Ohio Magazine said their music is like “the soul of mountain music and the gentle grace of mountain air.”

And Dirty Linen Magazine said their music is “…absolutely magical.”

The concert, “Mountain Traditions,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium in downtown Blowing Rock. 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 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, 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.

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