The sound of the mountains

Article Published: Jun. 27, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 27, 2013
The sound of the mountains

Carolina Crossing will perform in Blowing Rock this Saturday.

At the junction of bluegrass, railroad songs, and traditional mountain songs is this week’s Mountain Home Music concert. The concert will be Saturday, June 29, at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium.

“In the music, there will be lonesome whistles, steep climbs, gentle slopes, and moments of excitement and moments of rest,” said Joe Shannon, Mountain Home Music founder and host. Carolina Crossing and The Silver Strings Dulcimer Band will provide the music.

Carolina Crossing, a band with deep roots in Watauga County, features Gary Trivette (bass), Curtis Main (banjo), Tyler Thompson (guitar), Dennis Isaacs (guitar), and Caleb Courtner (mandolin). Best known for opening for The Oak Ridge Boys last year at ASU, the band is also known for their frequent appearances at The Doc and Rosa Lee Watson Festival in Sugar Grove, Christmas in July (in Ashe County), and at Tweetsie Railroad.

The Silver Strings Dulcimer Band features Bill and Jewel Magee (mountain and hammer dulcimer), Sarah Borders (mountain and hammer dulcimer), and Tom Pace (guitar). Band appearances include local churches and also civic and community events.

“This concert,” said Joe Shannon, “is about local music and local folks.” “Some of the songs will be centuries old and some will be more contemporary. Some will be traditional Irish songs and some bluegrass. All of this music remains vibrant and alive in the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

The concert, Bluegrass and Silver Strings, starts at 7:30. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10 and a child’s ticket is $5.

Tickets may be purchased at the Mast Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s 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, downtown Blowing Rock.

Tickets may also be purchased online though the Mountain Home Music website: For more information, go to 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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