July 31, 2012. Before “bluegrass” became a style of music, it was simply the name of a band: “Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys.” In 1938 the band made their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, and the music was so well received– and became so popular–over time, the name “bluegrass” evolved into a genre, a style of music.
This Saturday night, August 4, Mountain Home Music will present “Bluegrass, the Early Years, Vol. II.”
“Last year we started telling the story of bluegrass music,” said Joe Shannon, founder and host of Mountain Home Music. “This year, through the music of bluegrass legends, the story continues.”
“Bluegrass the Early Years, Vol. II” will feature music from the founders of bluegrass—Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers—plus the music of second-generation players, including the Osborne Brothers, J.D. Crowe, Larry Sparks, and others.
Leading the musical history will be Dave Haney (guitar/mandolin), Lisa Baldwin (guitar), Ronnie Swan (bass fiddle), David Johnson (fiddle and dobro), and Eric Ellis (five-string banjo). Both David Johnson and Eric Ellis are members of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. Dulcimer player Neil Hellman will also be on hand to demonstrate the connection between Celtic and bluegrass music.
“Bluegrass, the Early Years, Vol. II” will take place at the Meadowbrook Inn, which is located at 711 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. Starting time is 8 p.m.
“The Meadowbrook Inn will also serve a preconcert meal for anyone who wants to combine a traditional southern meal with traditional southern music,” said Joe Shannon. The meal will include fried chicken and related side dishes. Seating for the meal begins at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the concert are $15.00 in advance and $18.00 at the door. Student tickets are $10.00 and a child’s ticket is $5.00. Tickets for the combined concert and dinner are $29.00, advanced, and $34.00 at the door. A combined child’s ticket (10 and under) is $12.50.
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, at Pandora’s Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop, both in the Martin House on Main Street, downtown Blowing Rock and at The Meadowbrook Inn.
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.