Mountain Heart with Tony Rice

Thursday, 2010, October 28 - 8:00pm
2610 Cates Ave
Raleigh, NC 27695

Presented by PineCone & NCSU Center Stage.

This collaboration pairs one of bluegrass music's most revered players with a high-energy, award-winning group that is carrying the torch forward for future generations. Plan to come early, as members of Mountain Heart will lead a special pre-show discussion at 7 p.m.! Tony Rice's live recording of "Sally Goodin" on the Unit of Measure album was recorded in Stewart Theatre, and we are excited and honored to bring him back to this incredible hall.

Mountain Heart's musical virtuosity and unmatched energy have helped them to forge a unique sound that appeals to a wide variety of musical tastes. From large outdoor bluegrass festivals, to sold-out arena shows opening for Southern Rock icon Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mountain Heart always makes an undeniable connection to an audience. Mountain Heart deftly combines elements of rock, jam band, country, blues, jazz and bluegrass into a fresh, high-energy sound.

Mountain Heart, or members of the band, have either won or been nominated for multiple Grammys, ACM, CMA, and IBMA Awards. They have appeared on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 100 times and have shared the stage with acts ranging from Montgomery Gentry, George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Brad Paisley to Alison Krauss, Travis Tritt, Yonder Mountain Stringband, LeAnn Rimes, Patty Loveless, and others.

Mountain Heart is Josh Shilling - vocals/guitar; Jim Van Cleve - fiddle; Jason Moore - bass; Jake Stargel - guitar; Barry Abernathy - banjo; Aaron Ramsey - mandolin. Moore and Ramsey both live in the North Carolina towns they grew up in (Moore in Ruffin and Ramsey in Morganton).

Nineteen-year-old Stargel is the newest band member; he joined Mountain Heart when long time guitarist Clay Jones left the band in June. Stargel first came to national attention with a stint in The Lovell Sisters at the age of 15. He has also performed as a member of the Grammy nominated group The Greencards and most recently with the Alaskan band Bearfoot. In addition to the guitar, Jake also plays piano, mandolin, mandola and electric guitar.

In this concert, Stargel and the rest of Mountain Heart will perform alongside Tony Rice, one of the greatest acoustic guitar players of all time. Rice's playing spans the range of acoustic music, from straight-ahead bluegrass to jazz-influenced new acoustic music to songwriter-oriented folk. He is perhaps the greatest innovator in acoustic flatpicked guitar since Clarence White. Over the course of his career, he has played alongside J.D. Crowe and the New South, David Grisman (during the formation of "Dawg Music"), led his own groups, collaborated with fellow picker Norman Blake and recorded with his brothers. He has recorded with drums, piano, soprano sax, and with straight-ahead bluegrass instrumentation. Rice's musical explorations make his frequent collaborations with Mountain Heart a multi-layered musical adventure best experienced in person.

Please join PineCone back at Stewart Theatre for a night of unforgettable music featuring some of acoustic music's finest!

Presented in partnership with NCSU Center Stage.

Artists' websites:
Tony Rice
Mountain Heart

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