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Red June in Boone

Article Published: Feb. 27 | Modified: Mar. 1
Red June in Boone

Red June, featuring Will Straughan, Natalya Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller, will perform Friday at the Jones House in downtown Boone.

Photo by Zoë Leath Ryan

The town of Boone continues the Winter Concerts at the Jones House series with Red June on Friday, Feb. 28.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Hailing from Asheville, Red June dubs its music as “beautifully distilled original American music,” blending a strong sense of tradition with the songwriting of Will Straughan and John Cloyd Miller and the fiddling prowess of Natalya Weinstein.

According to concert organizer Mark Freed, all three members of the group are strong singers, and they feature two and three-part harmonies and tasteful musicianship, with Straughan on resonator guitar, Miller on mandolin and guitar and Weinstein on fiddle.

“Their style seamlessly blends bluegrass, old-time, country and American roots music that makes new songs sound both fresh and familiar,” Freed said.

The band has been busy recording a new album that will come out in April, which it plans to debut at MerleFest.

“Fans will get a sneak peek at some new tunes and songs at the Jones House on Friday,” Freed said.
This will be the band’s third full-length album, following “Beauty Will Come,” which was released in summer 2012 to critical acclaim. This will be the band’s first album with Organic Records, out of Arden.

The members of Red June first met at a picking party in Asheville in 2005, and three years later, the three friends formed the band and released their debut album, “Remember Me Well,” in 2010.

The recording was voted the No. 1 regional release of 2010 on WNCW. The band has continued to hone its sound, and the members have continued to write and compose original music. Last year, Miller won the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at MerleFest.

Red June returns to the High Country after outdoor and bar performances in Banner Elk and Boone last summer, this time to play in the more close and controlled house-concert style space at the Jones House’s Mazie Jones Gallery.

“Red June’s music is perfectly suited to an environment like the gallery in the Jones House,” Freed said. “The audience will be able to hear and appreciate the subtle nuances and sounds that these guys so carefully craft.”

Friday’s performance continues the Jones House Winter Concert series, which will conclude on March 18 with Handsome Molly, an Irish and old-world roots band from Charlottesville.

Tickets for the Red June concert cost $20, and seats are limited, so reservations are encouraged. For more information about this concert, including reservations, contact Mark Freed at the Jones House at ( or (828) 262-4576.

The Jones House Community Center is located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

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