Laurelyn Dossett returns to the High Country for a Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music concert titled, “A Special Labor Day Tribute to American Workers”. This show promises to be a lively evening of songs, both old and new, that reflect the struggles and successes of hard working folks from all walks of life here in the USA. The concert will take place this Labor Day Weekend at the Harvest House on Sunday, September 4th at 7:30pm.
Singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett lives and writes in the piedmont of North Carolina, and her songs tend to reflect the stories of the region, both traditional and contemporary. She writes about our South, our “dance” with religion and nature, love and loss. One of the most sought-after voices in creative collaborations, she co-founded Polecat Creek with singing partner Kari Sickenberger in 1997. Dossett is a frequent performer at regional music festivals such as MerleFest and has been a guest on the radio show Prairie Home Companion. She has toured with folk legend Alice Gerrard and songwriter Diana Jones. Dossett has toured with the North Carolina Symphony in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
More recently, Dossett has partnered with Triad Stage’s Preston Lane on five plays featuring regional folklore and original music. The NEA is supported their most recent project, Radiunt Abundunt, about a rural NC visionary artist. Dossett has also written songs for Grammy-winning artists Levon Helm and the Carolina Chocolate Drops and has songs featured in film and television. She is the 2012 recipient of the Betty Cone Medal of Arts and the 2010 recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship for songwriting, the 2004 winner of the Chris Austin songwriting contest at MerleFest, and a 2010 fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Dossett has taught songwriting and singing at the Augusta Heritage Center, as well as at many universities, workshops and festivals. She lives with her family in Greensboro, NC.
Dossett, along with a number of her musical friends, returns to the JSMHM Labor Day show after a one-year absence. As an audience member, be prepared to join in on familiar sing-a-longs that she will include in this annual show that pays testament to hard working Americans from all walks of life!
This concert is supported by the following private sponsors: The Ned Trivette Family; Dr. E. Frank and Tara Hancock; Lynn Hubbard; Merida H. Steele – In Honor of John H. Steele; and The Estate of Joe Shannon. Business sponsors are BB&T, The Mast Store, U-Haul Storage, Mountain Time Publishing and the High Country Press. Additional support is provided by; The Watauga Arts Council, The NC Arts Council, and Boone TDA. Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music is also a site on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina (BlueRidgeMusicNC.com).
Tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Student tickets are $10. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased online at mountainhomemusic.org and at the Mast General Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s Mercantile on Beech Mountain, Stick Boy Bread Company(345 Hardin St, Boone), also Footsloggers and Pandora’s Mailbox on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock.