‘One Hit Wonders’ at MHM

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Article Published: Aug. 8, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 11, 2013
‘One Hit Wonders’ at MHM

David Johnson and the Dixie Dawn Band will perform Aug. 10 for Mountain Home Music.

Photo by Lonnie Webster

A lot of songs have been written, fewer songs have been recorded and published, and even fewer have become “hits” that have resulted in fortune and fame.

So it goes in the world of singing and songwriting. Making a hit is hard to do.

This Saturday night, Aug. 10, Mountain Home Music will present “One Hit Wonders,” featuring David Johnson and the Dixie Dawn Country Band.

“David Johnson and the Dixie Dawn Band have created a special concert for Mountain Home Music for the past 15 years,” said Joe Shannon, Mountain Home Music founder and host. “This year’s concert will feature songs that have topped the charts, and then, for whatever reason, that was it. Other songs, by the same writers, or writer-performer combinations, never attained the same degree of popularity.”

The list is impressive. Consider “Honeycomb” sung by Jimmy Rogers, “Harper Valley P.T.A.” by Jeanie C. Riley, “Wolverton Mountain” written and sung by Claude King, “Man of Constant Sorrow” sung by Dan Tyminsky, “Talk Back Trembling Lips” written and sung by Ernie Ashworth and “Down in the Boondocks” sung by Billy Joe Royal.

David Johnson and Dixie Dawn will do all of these songs, plus many more.

“For many years, Dixie Dawn was the house band at Shadrack’s in Boone and also at Jubilee Junction in Wilkesboro,” Shannon said. “When these businesses closed down, Dixie Dawn cut back weekly performances and focused on special events, such as MerleFest and Mountain Home Music.”

In addition to Johnson, Dixie Dawn features Darryl Bryant, Kevin Rash, Billy C. Smith and Ronnie Black. Joining Dixie Dawn for this special concert will be Kelly Wiley, former Dixie Dawn lead singer.

“One Hit Wonders” will be at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium on Sunset Drive in 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 are $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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