This Week at the Jones House: Music by Steve and Ruth Smith, Sound Traveler on Friday

Published Friday, July 10, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Steve and Ruth Smith and Sound Traveler continue the Town of Boone’s Concerts at the Jones House series Friday, starting at 5 p.m.

Steve and Ruth

Ruth and Steve Smith

Bob and Patty Tatum, the husband-and-wife duet who make up Sound Traveler, have a fitting name.  The duo met at an open mic night at Carolina BBQ in Newland, and today they travel up and down the east coast sharing their diverse array of sounds and styles. 
“It is not unusual to hear a dozen different instruments in any given Sound Traveler performance,” says concert organizer, Mark Freed.  “Not too bad for a duet!”

Sound Traveler performs acoustic versions of rock and pop covers, classic standards, country and bluegrass favorites, R7B and blues hits, gospel songs, and even some original compositions.

“These guys will have something for just about everyone,” Freed adds.

Following Sound Traveler, another husband-and-wife duo will take to the porch.  Steve and Ruth Smith are no strangers to the High Country or the Jones House concerts.

“Steve and Ruth are annual favorites for many of our long-time concert goers at the Jones House,” Freed says.

Sound Traveler

Sound Traveler

Ruth Smith is a sought-after hammered dulcimer player as both a performer and teacher, working at dulcimer and folk music camps across the country.  Steve Smith is a talented guitar and banjo player and veteran performer.  Ruth has composed numerous tunes on the hammered dulcimer, and her music has been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered, Sirius XM satellite radio, and PBS’s Songs of the Mountain television program.  Steve Smith is an ASCAP award-winning songwriter and a talented guitar and banjo player.

Concerts at the Jones House take place every Friday, from the front porch of the Jones House in downtown Boone (604 W. King St.).  All of the Summer Concerts at the Jones House performances are free and open to the public.  Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket to sit in the Jones House front lawn, under the shade of the gigantic maple trees.  Concerts take place rain or shine, with the inside Jones House main gallery being used for inclement weather.

The 2015 Summer Concerts at the Jones House series is sponsored by the Downtown Boone Development Association, Mast General Store, Footsloggers, MPrints, Stickboy Bread Co. and Melanies.

For more information about the concert series, including a complete schedule, please visit www. joneshouse.org or call 828-268-6280.

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