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Lonesome Will Mullins and Surefire Bands to Pack Fold Nov 26th

Lonesome Will MullinsHiltons, VA -- Lonesome Will Mullins grew up near Clintwood, Virginia, in a house that was filled with family musicians and plenty of bluegrass, old time, and country music. He learned to play the banjo and guitar as a teenager, and before long he was playing in several bands while honing his trade by studying the work of bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, and Dr. Ralph Stanley. To say he learned well would be an understatement.

East Tennessee State University Old Time Band at Carter Family Fold

ETSU Old Time BandHiltons, VA -- Bands with the ETSU Bluegrass and Country Music Program have performed at the Fold since the beginning of the program at ETSU in 1982. The ETSU program has grown so popular that students travel from all over the world to study there. There are now almost twenty different bands maintained by the program. ETSU’s bands have performed in Japan, Belgium, and Russia. Some of the finest students the Bluegrass and Country Music Program has to offer will be performing with the ETSU Old Time Band. Saturday, November 19th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the ETSU Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Whitewater Bluegrass Flowing at Carter Family Fold November 12th

Whitewater Bluegrass CompanyFor over 25 years, the Whitewater Bluegrass Company of Asheville, North Carolina, has captivated audiences throughout the southeast with a blend of bluegrass music, country ballads, mountain swing, and down-home humor. With Whitewater, mountain culture is a celebration of music, song, and dance. Saturday, November 12th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Whitewater Bluegrass Company. Adult admission to the concert is $7, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free.

Next Sunday, October 30th, is the 4th Annual Janette Carter Memorial Gospel Concert

Paul Williams and the Victory TrioSunday, October 30th, 2011, at 2:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special gospel concert by Paul Williams and the Victory Trio. A fourth annual event, this concert pays tribute to Janette Carter. Admission to the concert is $15 for adults ($20 for floor seating), children ages 6 to 11 $3, under age 6 free. All seating is reserved. Tickets are available at the Mountain Music Museum in the Bristol Mall in Bristol, Virginia; the Carter Fold; and Morrell's Music in Kingsport, Tennessee. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the concert.

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band Returns to Carter Fold October 29th

Tennessee Mafia Jug BandFrom the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls, and interstate highways of Goodlettsville, Tennessee - home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitely - and some living country music performers, comes the most entertaining blast from the past since Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. "They're the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band – five guys and a scrubboard with roots like wisdom teeth." Saturday, October 29th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, an old time band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free

Join the Mountain Park Old Time Band at the Carter Family Fold October 22nd

Mountain Park Old Time BandOver the past three years, the Mountain Park Old Time Band has been creating a stir in old time music circles. The group has five members, all of whom are versatile and talented musicians. Johnny Gentry plays guitar, dobro, and fiddle as well as doing vocals for the band. Nancy Gentry plays upright bass and sings. The only thing better than one fiddler, is two fiddlers. Roger Stamper also plays the fiddle. C. T. Janney plays the washboard – an "instrument" rarely played today. Dr. Mark Handy plays banjo and does vocals. When he's not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices medicine in Abingdon, Virginia. Saturday, October 22nd, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Carter Family Fold Introduces Wry Straw October 15th

Wry StrawHiltons, VA -- John McCutcheon, Tom Bledsoe, and Rich Kirby are the musicians who make up Wry Straw. No longer performing as a trio, all are incredibly talented in their own right and continue to perform old time music today. John's solo career has flourished, and he's one of the most talented and well-respected musicians in folk and traditional music circles. Tom still performs, acts, and promotes music shows and festivals. Rich works at WMMT, produces, records, and performs. A Wry Straw reunion was presented at the Fold as part of the first Clinch Mountain Music Fest.

Darrell Webb Band Records Bluegrass at Carter Fold

Darrel Webb BandHiltons, VA -- Darrell Webb is one of bluegrass music's favorite entertainers, and he has been an icon in bluegrass music for over 20 years. Many of his fans recognize his powerful tenor, lead vocals, and mandolin playing. Webb first hit the bluegrass circuit with the Lonesome River Band. He later toured with J.D. Crowe and Rhonda Vincent. Darrell served as the lead vocalist and front man for Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. He has appeared on two releases with Dolly Parton as a singer and musician. In addition, he is a successful songwriter having songs recorded by the Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid and Carolina, and Wildfire. Darrell's first solo album Webbsite, released in 1998, received critical acclaim. His second album entitled Behind the Scenes, released in 2005, includes four songs he wrote/co-wrote. Special guests include two-time IBMA fiddle player of the year Michael Cleveland, IBMA dobro player of the year Phil Leadbetter, and Dolly Parton.

Darrel Webb Band to Record Live at Carter Family Fold Oct. 14

Darrel Webb BandDarrell will be doing a live recording from the Fold. Because of this, the concert will be one to listen to only event and there will be no dancing permitted. The show will also be videotaped for a live DVD recording. Come be a part of the excitment of a live recording. This special show at the Carter Family Fold will take place Friday, October 14, 2011.

Whitetop Mountain Band Plays Mountain Music at the Fold

Whitetop Mountain BandHiltons, VA -- The Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in the old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band's members have worked tirelessly to preserve the Whitetop region's style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other you have ever seen. There's everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and even some flat foot dancing. Well-known for their charisma on stage and their ability to engage audiences of all ages, this group has been performing at the Carter Fold since shows first began at the A.P. Carter Grocery in the 1970s. Saturday, October 8th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

October Opens with Hillbilly Gypsies at Carter Family Fold

Hillbilly GypsiesThe Hillbilly Gypsies are a West Virginia native string band who specialize in playing their own homegrown style of Appalachian old time music, mixed with a hard drivin' bluegrass sound. In addition to their original material, the Hillbilly Gypsies play a mix of traditional bluegrass and catchy old fiddle tunes. They are best appreciated at a live show. The Gypsies perform in the old fashioned style, around a single microphone. Their show has the feel of a barn dance, and it transports you back in time. One thing's for sure – you'll want to get up and dance. They've been a group for over ten years, and they have played at many national festivals, concert halls, and theaters. Saturday, October 1st, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Larkins Family Bluegrass Band Cheers Up the Carter Fold Sept 24th

The LarkinsHiltons, VA -- The Larkins Family - Lowell, Barbara, Shaunna, and Tina - are from Church Hill, Tennessee, but they now have a second home in Nashville, Tennessee. Third-generation musicians Shaunna and Tina were reared on the musical tradition of northeast Tennessee. Saturday, September 24th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Larkins Family bluegrass band. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Big Country Bluegrass a Big Time at the Carter Fold Sept. 17

Big Country BluegrassBig Country Bluegrass was formed by husband and wife Tommy and Teresa Sells in the late 1980s and took it's name from Tommy's coon-hunting buddy Jimmy Martin's instrumental Big Country. In the ensuing years, the group played numerous fiddlers' conventions, capturing their share of individual and band honors while also performing at festivals throughout the southeast. Abandoning the competition circuit, they concentrated on festivals and concert dates. Along the way, they've developed a large and devoted following throughout the U.S. and abroad. Saturday, September 17th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Big Country Bluegrass. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Special Carter Fold Music Program for September 14th, 2011

SurefireHiltons, VA -- Wednesday, September 14th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by George Hamilton IV, Lonesome Will Mullins, and Surefire. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. This special show is being presented for a group of tourists from Ireland. Their tour of America focuses on sites connected to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.

Carter Family Fold Hosts Dale Ann Bradley Band September 10th

Dale Ann BradleyHiltons, VA -- Dale Ann Bradley has been hailed by Alison Krauss and Ricky Skaggs as one of the greatest vocalists in country and bluegrass music today. She won IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 2007 and 2008. A former Coon Creek Girl and mainstay at Kentucky's Renfro Valley Barn Dance, Bradley commands a list of awards as long as Highway 40. Extraordinarily gifted and talented, she's also very down to earth. Saturday, September 10th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Dale Ann Bradley Band. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free.

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