Country, Americana and Folk music. Michael Reno at TRAC Burnsville, NC on Friday, December 6 2013, 7 pm.
On Friday, December 6, at 7pm, Michael Reno Harrell will perform a special concert to kick off the Holiday Studio Tour at the Arts Resource Center. As it’s been written, “Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer, and he’s from the South… the Southern Appalachian Mountains to hone it a bit finer.”
One could compare Michael’s performances to his granddaddy’s pocketknife: well-worn and familiar feeling, but razor sharp and with a point. His brand of entertainment appeals to a very diverse audience. A typical day for Michael might include a program for 6th graders in the afternoon and a concert for a mixed audience in the evening. And that’s what is happening in our community this year. Michael will entertain in Yancey on Thursday (East Yancey and Cane River Middle Schools), then switch over to Mitchell on Friday (Harris and Bowman Middle Schools)—all part of the many Arts Council school programs.
Michael’s recordings top the Americana Music Association charts year after year. His original songs and stories have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit” but, as his writing shows, Michael’s awareness is much broader than the bounds of his boyhood home or even the Southern Experience. Having toured throughout the British Isles and much of Europe, as well as most of the US, the songs he writes and the stories he creates reflect an insight into people’s experiences that catch the ear like an old friend’s voice. Michael’s natural knack for storytelling—in print, song and spoken word—has earned him praise from not only the music community but from the literary and storytelling worlds as well. He was honored as the Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and as Teller In Residence at the International Storytelling Center.
Michael’s recordings have for years received and continue to garner awards in Country, Americana and Folk circles. His humor and wit, as well as the emotional depth of his work, keep his fan base growing and staying tuned in for whatever comes next. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience what those faithful fans keep returning again and again to enjoy.
Michael’s performance will be at the TRAC Arc Resource Center, located above the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery at 269 Oak Avenue. Entrance is in the alley and wheelchair accessible. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Start the holiday season (and the Studio Tour) with an evening of music and storytelling. For more information, call 828.682.7215.
The Toe River Arts Council is a not for profit organization promoting the arts in Mitchell and Yancey Counties, and supported by donations, memberships, local government, grants (including the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, and the United Way of Mitchell County), and supporters who understand the benefit of art in our community. For more information, visit www.toeriverarts.org.