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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.

Appalachian Trail Leads to Carter Family Fold August 13th

Appalachian TrailHiltons, VA -- Appalachian Trail is a union of seasoned and innovative singers, songwriters, and musicians who are breaking new ground in the bluegrass arena. Ireland, Scotland, England, Russia, Sweden, Canada, Holland, and Switzerland are some of the countries that have hosted the talents of the individuals in this band, as well as coast-to-coast here at home. Formed in 1984, the band combines strong lead vocals, tight harmonies, and distinctive picking. Saturday, August 13th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of traditional bluegrass music by Appalachian Trail. Adult admission to the concert is $7, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free.

New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters Light Up the Carter Fold September 3rd

Carter Family FoldHiltons, VA -- The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters took their group's name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard's Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler's Convention, and the Galax area has traditionally produced some of the country's finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Leon Frost on mandolin, Jesse Morris on bass, Eddie Bonds on fiddle, and Josh Ellis on banjo. The guys have been playing together for over twelve years. Saturday, September 3rd, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, an old time band. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.

Randy Waller Carries On Country Gentlemen Tradition

Randy Waller & the Country GentlemenHiltons, VA -- Since their formation in 1957, the Country Gentlemen have always been at the forefront of innovation and popularity in bluegrass. Trend setters from the word go, their snappy arrangements were the first to break from the established mold of the 40s and 50s. Their music was the first to be marketed to non-rural audiences in Washington, D.C., on college campuses, and in urban coffee houses during the 1960s. Through the years, the Country Gentlemen have been one of the most imitated and emulated groups around, and they have served as a source of inspiration for many bands. Saturday, August 27th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Randy Waller & the Country Gentlemen. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free.

Skeeter and the Skidmarks Slide in to Carter Fold August 20th

Skeeter and the SkidmarksLike their name, the Skidmarks’ music is unique. In the world of old time music – music usually associated with barn dances and community get-togethers – this group stands out. The band was formed in the 1990s. They took a hiatus from their music briefly, but they’re now back on the road. Edwin Lacey is featured on banjo. Scott Freeman plays fiddle and mandolin. Willard Gayheart plays guitar, and Sandy Glover plays bass. Saturday, August 20th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass and old time music by Skeeter and the Skidmarks. Admission is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

37th Carter Family Memorial Festival August 5th

The Carter FamilyHiltons, VA -- In the early 1970s, the only place you heard old time or bluegrass music in southwest Virginia was at a festival. With the exception of a monument on State Street in Bristol, Tennessee, there was no area recognition of our region's rich musical heritage. So in 1974, Janette Carter decided to present a festival dedicated to her father, A.P. Carter. Before he died in November, 1960, he asked his daughter to do all she could to see that the Carter Family's music was never forgotten. She told him Daddy I will try. She did just that, and the Carter Family Memorial Music Center now stands as a tribute to the love and devotion she felt for her father and the music he created. The stage for that first festival was the flatbed of an 18-wheel truck on loan from the National Guard. Sara Carter came from California, and Maybelle Carter came from her home in Nashville. Very small by today's standards, that first festival was truly a labor of love.

37th Carter Family Memorial Festival August 5-6, 2011

Carter Family FoldHiltons, VA -- The Carter Family Memorial Music Center will hold their annual music festival to commemorate the historic 1927 Bristol Recording Sessions for Victor on August 5th & 6th at the Carter Center in Hiltons, Va. The annual festival features top bluegrass, mountain and traditional music from the region. The festival was founded by Janette Carter.

Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers Wrap Up July at the Carter Fold

Gary Brewer and the Kentucky RamblersSince the early 1800s, music has been an integral part of the Brewer family. The tradition continues with Gary Brewer. Gary represents a new generation of bluegrass artists who have a deep respect for the roots of bluegrass and old time music – but are willing to put their own personal stamp on the music. Gary has been noted as one of the finest lead singers to come along in quite awhile, receiving high praise from major reviewers and national stars in the music business. His guitar picking is creative and powerful on both rock solid rhythms and powerful solos. A singer, guitarist, and songwriter to be reckoned with, Gary has worked hard to blend the traditional music he grew up with and bluegrass music as we know it today.

The Fold Brings Out The Dry Hill Draggers July 23rd

Dry Hill DraggersThe Dry Hill Draggers started out in 1981. From Franklin County, Virginia, the group included Jimmy Boyd on banjo and his brother, Billy. Although several of the founding members are now gone, the group has continued in the mountain tradition of a multi-generational, traditional, old time string band. Saturday, July 23rd, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Dry Hill Draggers. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

The Grayson Highlands Band Makes Carter Fold Appearance July 2nd

The Grayson Highlands BandThe Grayson Highlands Band, from the Jefferson, North Carolina area, plays a variety of old time music, ranging from rousing fiddle tunes to traditional songs and ballads. They are regulars at the Christmas in July Festival, the Albert Hash Festival, the Rugby Fall Festival, the Greater Lansing Area Festival, and the Wayne Henderson Festival. They have also been the guest band on the Gary Poe Live radio show several times, and have won numerous awards at regional fiddlers' conventions. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Grayson Highlands Band. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free

The Dollar Brothers' High Energy Traditional Bluegrass July 17

The Dollar Brothers BandHiltons, VA -- The Dollar Brothers provide a high energy, family-oriented bluegrass show. A traditional bluegrass band, they are from Watauga and Ashe Counties in North Carolina. Darrell Dollar, lead singer and older brother to Barry and Wade, plays mandolin and has written several songs for the group. Barry Dollar plays fiddle and banjo and sings lead and baritone. Wade Dollar, youngest of the three brothers, sings tenor and lead and also plays claw hammer banjo and dobro. Tim Norris, banjo player, is a cousin to the Dollars. Tim also sings, and he plays guitar and piano. From Ashe County, Kevin Miller plays bass and guitar for the band and helps out on vocals.

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