The Summer Concerts at the Jones House series continues Friday with three song-writer acts, starting at 5 p.m.
The Spice Creek Ramblers features the song writing of guitar and harmonica player, Nate Harris, along with bass player Jesse Wood. The group sound is rooted in country, blues, and folk, and the song writing is inspired by legendary Americana lyricists like Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan. Harris and Wood have been collaborating musically for nearly a decade, and they released Spice Creek Ramblers’ debut full-length album last summer. Titled Painted Mountain, the recording was called both “upbeat and transient” and both “whimsical and thoughtful” by reviewer Erika Giovanetti for the Mountain Times.
“We look forward to having these two back to the Jones House,” says concert organizer, Mark Freed. “Five or ten years ago, these two were regular buskers on King Street, and it is good to have them back live in downtown Boone.”
Singer and song-writer, Alexa Rose, released a new EP, Red Balloon earlier this year. Rose grew up in the mountains of Virginia where she studied classical piano and voice before discovering the guitar and folk music as a teenager. She released her debut recording in 2013, and Red Balloon is the much-anticipated follow-up for fans of this up-and-coming rising voice of the region. Rose moved to Boone to attend school at Appalachian State University, and she has been touring up and down the region heavily, gathering fans along the way.
“Alexa Rose is no stranger to music fans in Boone, and I expect she will see lots of familiar faces in the lawn on Friday,” Freed says.
Though officially founded in 2012, The Everydays’ guitarists and writers, Tim Marsh and David Zoll have been playing and singing together for more than a decade. The duo released a new album this spring, featuring their Indie-tinged Americana sound and original songs. The group is based in Black Mountain, but Marsh also has roots in Boone, where he lived and played music while studying at the university. Marsh was a known collaborator with numerous local musicians, and he played regularly in Boone with Wiseapple in the early 2000s.
“Tim returned to the Jones House a couple years ago and performed a set of his original songs, and I was really taken with his song writing,” Freed adds.
The Summer Concerts at the Jones House are free, and patrons are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket to sit under the giant maple trees in the front lawn of the community center. Performances take place rain or shine. In extreme inclement weather, the concerts are moved inside the Jones House to the Mazie Jones Gallery, which can seat the first 40 patrons on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The 2016 Summer Concerts at the Jones House are produced by The Town of Boone’s Cultural Resources Department and sponsored by the Downtown Boone Development Association, Mast General Store, M-Prints, ECRS, Rosemary Horowitz, Melanie’s Food Fantasy, and Stick Boy Bread Company.
For more information about the series, including a complete schedule of performances, please visit the Jones House online or call 828.268.6280.
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