One of the High Country’s most popular trio’s, Strictly Clean and Decent, brings their show “Wit and Wisdom” to Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Fall Concert Series this Saturday night, Oct. 8.
The concert takes place at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium in downtown Blowing Rock, beginning 7:30 p.m. Fans of this dynamic group of talented musicians know that when SC&D rolls into town, an entertaining evening of musical variety and laughs will take center stage. This go-round, they will be joined by the youthful Cane Mill Road, who are just back from five days of featured performances at last weeks 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Wide Open Festival in downtown Raleigh.
Cane Mill Road has played on stage with the likes of bluegrass legends J.D. Crowe, Pete Wernick, Rhonda Vincent, and the Krüger Brothers. The band hails from Deep Gap, NC, and features 14-year-old musical phenom Liam Purcell on vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo; 19-year-old Eliot Smith on guitar and bass; and 17-year-old Trajan Wellington on bluegrass banjo, bass, and guitar.
Strictly Clean and Decent is an acoustic trio featuring multi-instrumentalist Patrick Crouch, guitarist Kay Crouch, and up-right bass player, Ron Shuffler. They are dedicated to performing a variety of musical styles in an acoustic setting, and their combined blend of brilliant vocal harmonies tops a solid instrumental foundation. SC&D’s eclectic repertoire includes modern folk songs by American, Canadian, and Irish songwriters, the fiery breakdowns and songs of family and home found in both traditional and contemporary bluegrass settings, and centuries-old Celtic airs and dance tunes. All of this is peppered with a healthy dose of popular jazz standards, swing and western swing music, and a few classic country tunes thrown in to provide a program certain to be enjoyed by all.
Shuffler is a veteran of the early Top 40 and beach music scene, but also is well known in country and bluegrass circles. He has toured with David Peterson and 1946, the Dale Ann Bradley band, and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. His solid bass playing and impeccable harmony vocals are without equal.
Kay Crouch performs on the guitar, flute, piano, and tin whistle with Strictly Clean and Decent. She has a widely varied musical background that includes symphonic and solo percussion work and musical theatre as well as popular and folk music. Her interpretive vocals are an asset to the trio that she joined in 1991.
Patrick Crouch handles the mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, guitar and is the emcee for the trio. He has been performing acoustic music since 1977 when he founded New River Reign, a staple at Blowing Rock’s P.B. Scott’s Music Hall.
He turned to country music with Long Time Gone and, in 1989, created Strictly Clean and Decent with Ron Shuffler and Reggie Harris. Patrick Crouch’s intense, often pyrotechnic but always tasteful, instrumental skills are the highlight of every Strictly Clean and Decent show.
This concert is supported by the following private sponsors: The Ned Trivette Family; Lynn Hubbard; Dr. Julia Tyson, DDS; and The Estate of Joe Shannon. Business Sponsors include; Advanced Realty, Bistro Roca, The Mast General Store, Stick Boy Kitchen, Mountain Times Publishing, High Country Press and U-Haul Storage. Additional support is provided by the Boone TDA, Watauga County Arts Council and the North Carolina Art Council. Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music is also proud to be included as a site on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina (BlueRidgeMusicNC.org).
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 and at the Mast General Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s Mercantile on Beech Mountain, Stick Boy Bread Company(345 Hardin St, Boone), plus Footsloggers and Pandora’s Mailbox on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock.
The Blowing Rock School Auditorium is located at 130 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, NC. Tickets, directions and more info can be found at the JSMHM website – www.mountainhomemusic.org/