The Summer Concert Series at the Jones House is kicking into high gear at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 26, with a set of returning Jones House veterans, including Earleine, Shay Martin Lovette and Aaron Burdett & the Fly Rights. These local artists have made names for themselves, and all have placed among the best in MerleFest’s annual songwriting contest.
“It’s an honor to have these award-winning artists perform at the Jones House,” says Town of Boone of Cultural Resources Director Mark Freed. “I’m glad they continue to make time for hometown concerts.”
The concert kicks off with the velvety-soft music of Earleine. Growing up outside of Nashville, Earleine was entrenched in musical culture from a young age. After picking up the guitar at the age of 18, she began writing her own songs, characterized by a beautiful and sincere poetic lyricism. Earleine aptly describes her style as “Americana music with a swirl of folk, rock and roots under a blanket of soul.”
Shay Martin Lovette, another singer-songwriter and folk rocker, will take the stage following Earleine. Originally from the Appalachian foothills in North Carolina, Martin now calls Boone home. Since the release of his latest album, “Swift Drifter,” last summer, Martin’s career has taken off. No longer an undiscovered jewel, Martin has placed nationally in a number of musical competitions, which includes being the winner of the 2019 MerleFest Band Competition.
The third and final act of the July 26 concert will be Asheville-area band Aaron Burdett & the Fly Rights. The group’s front man, Aaron Burdett, has enjoyed a prolific career, performing in the Boone area since the 1990s and releasing seven albums. Gritty vocals interwoven with a passionate delivery give Brudett’s songs a feeling of authenticity and poignancy. Burdett is vulnerable in his lyrical narratives and cuts to the core of human nature, touching upon blue collar struggles with life and love.
The Summer Concerts at the Jones House are free and open to the public. Concerts are held every Friday in July and August, starting at 5 p.m., and they are held rain or shine. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to enjoy the music from the Jones House lawn. Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the Jones House property, if patrons are of legal age and bring their own beverages. No open containers are allowed beyond the Jones House property. Friendly pets are permitted on leash.
For more information about the series, including a complete schedule, please visit www.joneshouse.org or call (828) 268-6280.