Mountain Home Music to feature Red June
Lawnmowers are humming, the leaves are finally in full bloom, little league baseball parks are filled with chatter and cheers, fresh vegetables fill roadside stands, and summertime-based cultural activities have started – or are getting ready to start – in the High Country.
Count Mountain Home Music among the early starters for the summer season. Coming up to its fourth concert, it’s June on Mountain Home Music this week, too. It’s Red June. Red June, the acoustic trio from Asheville, will be featured on this week’s concert, “From Asheville to Boone: Red June.” The concert will take place on Saturday, June 9, at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium on Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock. Starting time is 8 p.m.
The music of Red June incorporates Appalachian fiddle tunes, contemporary jazz, swing and original songs. The group features Will Straughan on resonator guitar, vocals and guitar; John Cloyd Miller on mandolin, vocals and guitar; and Natalya Weinstein on fiddle and vocals.
The three have been longtime friends and first jammed together at a pickin’ party in Asheville in 2005, Weinstein said. In late 2008, they formed Red June and went on to release their debut album, “Remember Me Well,” in 2010. The album was voted the No. 1 regional release of 2010 by the listeners of public radio station WNCW.
“For those who seek well-crafted songwriting and impeccable musicianship, you just can’t go wrong with the acoustic instrumentation and powerful harmonies of Red June’s ‘Remember Me Well.’ It’s an exciting debut from a collective of outstanding performers,” writes Chris Mateer in No Depression Magazine.
Soon after the release of “Remember Me Well,” Red June started touring. While on tour, the band performed on “Music City Roots,” a live radio show in Nashville, Tenn., at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, Tenn./Virginia, and the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Chapel Hill. More recently, Red June performed at this year’s MerleFest in Wilkesboro.
Red June plans to release a new CD, “Beauty Will Come,” this week. About this album, North Carolina songwriter and musician Joe Newberry said, “Red June is one of our truly great bands. They never fail to talk the talk and walk the walk.”
Also appearing on Mountain Home Music this week will be hammer dulcimer player Martin Moore. “Moore was scheduled to be on our June 2 show,” said Joe Shannon, host of Mountain Home Music, “but he agreed to move his performance back a week so we could do a special tribute to Doc Watson.”
Tickets for “From Asheville to Boone: Red June” are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets cost $10, and children’s tickets are $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 in downtown Blowing Rock.