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Mountain Home Music, Inc. Collection,

Identifier: AC-869

Scope and Contents

The contents of this collection are dated primarily in 1994-1995, but extend to 1975-2002. Most of the broadcasts and recordings are in various formats, several duplicating each other, and digitized to CDs for patron usage. Many local Appalachian people and groups performed for Mountain Home Music shows, including The Bluefield Bluegrass Band, Ricochet Bluegrass Band, the Appalachian Acoustic Ensemble, featuring Joe Shannon, The Corklickers, Diane White, Bessie Eldreth, Dick Tarrier, Stanley Eggers, Steve Lewis, Cecil Gurganis, Randy Greer,m and many, many others. There are Civil War Specials, Labor Day Specials, and Banjo Jubilees.

The mission of Mountain Home Music is to "celebrate diverse styles of Appalachian performing arts", and the recordings in this collection showcase how this mission is being accomplished.


  • 1988-2002, undated


All materials in this collection are in English.

Access Note

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Biographical/Historical note

Mountain Home Music, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the mission statement: "The mission of Mountain Home Music is to celebrate diverse styles of Appalachian performing arts. Mountain Home Music strives to educate and build community through the arts, providing accessible cross-generational experiences." (taken from its website).

It was begun by Joe Shannon in 1994 as "Music in the Mountains", and the first concert featured some of his friends Steve Lewis, Rachel Nelson, Becca Eggers-Gryden, and himself, held at the local downtown Boone, North Carolina delicatessen, Our Daily Bread. After discovering the need to change the name due to a conflict with another organization, he changed the name to Old Time Music in the Mountains in 1996, and shortened it to Mountain Home Music in 1997.

Concerts were held in various venues over the years, such as churches, school auditoriums, and the Appalachian State University Student Union. It continues today by following Joe's original reason for beginning it - to honor the musicians, dancers, storytellers, and poets of the Appalachian region.

As of 2013, Mountain Home Music had produced over 250 concerts, thirty-plus aired on regional television and forty-plus aired on public radio.

Joe Shannon was honored by Governor Pat McCrory by receiving The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, for his exemplary service to the state of North Carolina.

Joe was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, and stepped down as executive director of Mountain Home Music in 2014. After he moved back to Florida to be with family, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to rename Mountain Home Music to Joe Shannon's Mountain Home Music.

Joe passed away on May 13, 2014 at the age of 64.


33 Linear Feet (7 short records boxes, 7 CD boxes, 2 medium flats, 10 shoeboxes, 14 record boxes)


The Mountain Home Music, Inc. Collection consists of recorded music and radio shows of the Old Time Music in the Mountains and Mountain Home Music era, 1994-1995. There are several formats of originals: VHS, DAT, ADAT, DV, Betacam tapes, reel-to-reel, digital betacams, CDs, and UMatics. Many of the shows/music are recorded in duplication in several formats, and at least one version of each show has been digitized for patron usage.


The audiovisual materials are separated by format, with Archival and User CD copies made of each show. Any copies of AV materials were not redigitized.

Acquisitions information

This collection of audiovisual materials was donated to the Appalachian Collection in July 2014 by J.G. Greene, Treasurer of Mountain Home Music, Inc.

Accession number AC.2014.099

Processing Information

This collection was digitized by Matt Ransom and processed by Anita Elliott, February 2015.

AC.869: Mountain Home Music, Inc. Collection, 1975-2002, undated
Anita Elliott; additional CDs' information was added 7/14/2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository