Rodney Sutton

Rodney Sutton took over as executive director of Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music four years ago.

For Appalachian dance expert, instructor and caller Rodney Sutton, it has been a learning curve for him after taking over the executive directorship of Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music series in Boone four years ago.

Joe Shannon created an exceptional arts organization in the High Country in the 1990s that presented the area’s culture in a positive light. After Shannon lost his battle with cancer in 2014, the search began to find a replacement, and there were not many who wanted to accept that responsibility. Once Sutton was hired, however, Mountain Home Music has found new life in recent years as the series produces more than 20 shows a year.

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