Red June co-bill with Mike Compton & Joe Newberry
White Horse Black Mountain
Saturday, July 2, 2011
8pm show, $12
105C Montreat Rd.
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Red June is a dynamic, acoustic trio from Asheville, NC, performing beautifully distilled Americana music. The Red June sound is as versatile and original as the musicians themselves; they touch on bluegrass, roots rock, and traditional country music with powerful harmonies, innovative songwriting and expert musicianship. Red June is Will Straughan on dobro, guitar and vocals, celebrated fiddler and vocalist Natalya Weinstein, and John Cloyd Miller on mandolin, guitar and vocals.
Red June will be performing on Saturday, July 2nd at the Whitehorse in Black Mountain, NC. The show is a double bill show with Mike Compton & Joe Newberry.
“Red June is a combination of heart and harmonies with instrumental and vocal chops at the highest level. And the songwriting…well, bless my soul; and yours, ” states Joe Newberry, acclaimed North Carolina singer/songwriter.
John Cloyd Miller states, “We are really excited and honored to be sharing the bill with Compton & Newberry. Both of these guys are masters of their craft and their music has been hugely influential on us and countless others. Speaking as a mandolin player myself, Mike Compton is THE foremost Monroe-style mandolinist in the world and has taken that style to a new level and a new generation. I can’t say enough about Joe Newberry’s musicianship. His powerful guitar and banjo work, dynamic vocal style, and evocative songwriting have made a lasting impact on me. This duo is not to be missed!”
Veteran musicians Straughan, Miller and Weinstein formed Red June in 2008 after working in other acclaimed groups, namely the Emma Gibbs Band, Lo-Fi Breakdown and Polecat Creek. Members of Red June have shared the stage with countless bluegrass and Americana greats such as James Taylor, Robert Earl Keen, Sam Bush, Donna the Buffalo, Joe Craven, Jim Lauderdale, Del McCoury, Derek Trucks, Alice Gerrard, Jim Shumate and B.B. King, and have performed at festivals across the country including RockyGrass, Grey Fox, Merlefest, Grand Targhee, MagnoliaFest and Shakori Hills.
Red June is partnering with the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project for their Homegrown Tour 2011 to highlight the importance of local, sustainable food systems. To emphasize their “Buy Local” message, Red June, (named after the heirloom apple variety) is donating $1 of each CD sale at live shows in 2011 to the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP). ASAP does critical work in WNC expanding local food markets, supporting farmers, and building healthy communities through connections to local food.
Red June will take their Homegrown Tour out West this July and then up to the Northeast in August. Also, be on the lookout for them at Music City Roots this August as well as Bristol Rhythm and Roots. They are constantly creating new material and are currently planning a follow-up recording to “Remember Me Well,” Their 2010 release which was voted #1 in WNCW’s Regional Top 20 Contest. Find out more at: www.redjunemusic.com.
Traditional music veterans Mike Compton and Joe Newberry love to play together – and it shows. Although they live far apart, their music makes them seem like they are next-door neighbors. And audiences around the world agree.
Mandolinist extraordinaire Mike Compton grew up in Mississippi, where he was exposed to music at an early age. A prolific composer, he has made a powerful mark in the old-time and bluegrass music worlds, including a fertile association with John Hartford in the Hartford String Band, as a long-time member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, and with rock legend Elvis Costello. The multiple Grammy Award-winner treasures his memories of a friendship with his mentor, Bill Monroe.
Joe Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant who has played music most of his life. Best known for his powerful and innovative banjo playing, he is a prizewinning guitarist, fiddler, and singer as well. In addition to his work with Mike Compton, Joe makes music with the string band Big Medicine, and with old-time music stalwarts Bill Hicks, Mike Craver, and Jim Watson. He writes songs that show up on the Bluegrass charts, does solo and studio work, and teaches and performs at festivals at home and abroad.
Joe and Mike are also members of the Jumpsteady Boys, a band they formed with friends Bruce Molsky and Rafe Stefanini that is taking the traditional music world by storm.