Songs That Work

Article Published: Aug. 30, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 3, 2012
Songs That Work

The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys

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On Sunday, Sept. 2, Mountain Home Music will honor those who have built our community: farmers, truckers, miners, millworkers, railroaders, construction workers, planners, teachers, preachers and others.

The occasion is Mountain Home Music’s 18th annual Labor Day Celebration, which will feature The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys, Little Windows and Joe Shannon.

The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys includes two-time national banjo champion Steve Lewis, bass player Josh Scott; Henderson Festival mandolin champion Scott Freeman; and multi-instrumentalist David Johnson, a member of the Blue Ride Music Hall of Fame.

Mark and Julee Weems are Little Windows, a Durham-based duo that has often been featured on NPR’s international broadcast, “The Thistle & Shamrock.”

Shannon is the founder and host of Mountain Home Music.

“Even though we do work songs that depict many types of work, our primary goal is to honor work itself — the hopes, the disappointments, the struggles and achievements,” Shannon said. “That’s why we call this concert a celebration; through story and song — work songs, folk songs and old hymns — we honor the world of work.”

“A Labor Day Celebration” will take place at Rosen Concert Hall on the campus of Appalachian State University. Starting time is 8 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 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 in downtown Blowing Rock.

Tickets may also be purchased online though the Mountain Home Music website, 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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