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Fiddles are Tuned, Performers are Excited, the Stage is Set: Mountain Home Music is Ready for the Fall Season

Sept. 24, 2012. First up, on Saturday, Sept. 29, is a blast from the past—“North Carolina Beach Music & Boogie,” featuring the Boone-based band, Nightlife. “Nightlife plays all sorts of music,” said Joe Shannon, Mountain Home Music producer and host, “but this year we’ve asked them to take us back to the beach and back to the days of early rock-n-roll.”

Selections may include “Under the Boardwalk,” “The Rose,” “Dock of the Bay,” “Proud Mary” and many others. Nightlife features Graydon Eggers, Bryan Haas, Michele Haas, Bob Sanger and Jason Brasher.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, The Piano Man of the Blue Ridge, Jeff Little, will take the stage. Jeff Little is a bluegrass, blues, honky-tonk, jazz, rock-n-roll piano player. He plays MHM each year and each year this concert sells out. Former National Banjo Champion Steve Lewis and bass player Josh Scott will join Jeff.

“From the Hills of Old Virginia” will be featured on Saturday, Oct. 13. Playing the music will be Skeeter and the Skidmarks, an old-time mountain band from Woodlawn, Virginia that features banjo, fiddle and mountain ballads.

“Blue Ride Bluegrass,” will ring from the MHM stage on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Darin & Booke Aldridge band will do the picking. Darin Aldridge, the band’s founder, has played with The Country Gentleman, Mac Wiseman, Blue Highway and many other well-known bluegrass bands.

All concerts, except the Jeff Little concert on Oct. 6, will be at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium on Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock. The Jeff Little concert will be at Rosen Concert Hall on the ASU campus. Starting time for all concerts is 8 p.m.

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 (formerly Rydell’s) 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: www.mountainhomemusic.com. 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.