An afternoon of music with the happiest bluesman on earth, Big Ron Hunter & The King Bees presented by Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music
Tuesday, September 20, 2PM
Big Ron Hunter & friends
Ashe Civic Center
962 Mt Jefferson Rd, West Jefferson, NC 28694
Free with a suggested donation of $10
Making his Mountain Home Music debut is the happiest bluesman on earth, Big Ron Hunter! He will be joined by local blues favorites, The King Bees!
Ron is known as the world’s happiest Bluesman. He owns a voice that gives people chills. It’s the kind of voice that carries warmth and tenderness, a voice that is unmistakably his own and embodies everything that’s raw, pure and beautiful about the blues. Ron Hunter was born in Winston-Salem, NC. His father, who was a sharecropper, taught Ron how to sing and play the guitar at a young age. Mentored by the legendary Guitar Gabriel and versed in R&B, Rock & the Blues of BB King, Ron plays both electric and acoustic guitars in dramatically different styles. From Gabe’s advice, Hunter developed his unique sound all while raising a family and working a day job. As a maintenance man, you could find Ron locked up in his closet-sized office, plucking away at his guitar and pouring out the blues.
Ron will be joined by local blues favorites, The King Bees. Rob “Hound Dog” Baskerville and Penny “Queen Bee” Zamagni call the mountains of North Carolina home, but travel the world with their blues and american roots music. This year marks the 35TH anniversary of the band and also the 20th year of New River Blues Festival (held annually in their home, Ashe County) which they created and produce. The King Bees have toured and recorded with Carey Bell, Jerry McCain, Nappy Brown and many other lions and legends. They collaborated with Rock n’ Roll Hall-of-Fame member Bo Diddley and were featured on The B.B. King Birthday Tour. The King Bees have shared the bill with Dr. John, Buddy Guy, James Brown, Leon Russell and a host of other legends.