Mountain Home Music, Inc. Collection, 1988-2002, undated
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.