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Carter Family Fold Hosts Dale Ann Bradley Band September 10th

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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.

A Primitive Baptist preacher's daughter out of the hills of Kentucky where no musical instruments were allowed, Bradley grew up in a self-described "backwoods holler" down a rural road where electricity and running water weren't available until she was in high school. Because of this, she probably has more in common with first generation bluegrass musicians than she does with her bluegrass contemporaries.

Dale Ann's clear mountain soprano has been called shimmering, angelic, and exceptional. An acclaimed musician now living in Nashville, Bradley always captivates her audiences. Backing her up will be Shad Cobb on fiddle, Mike Summer on banjo, Ron Shuffler on bass, and Chris Harris on mandolin.

Shad Cobb grew up in Oregon and later moved to Wisconsin. Playing fiddle by age 13, he joined his brothers to form a family band. After joining a country band, he moved to Nashville. He played with Mark Wills, the Osborne Brothers, and with Mike Snider before joining Dale Ann.

Mike Summer began playing banjo in his teens. He's won numerous banjo competitions multiple times, including the National Banjo Championship award. Influenced by Bela Fleck and Sammy Shelor, his playing style really compliments Dale Ann's band.

Ron Shuffler plays bass for Bradley. Having grown up in a musical family, his brothers are also well known in bluegrass circles. Ron has played rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and country. Bluegrass was something he always enjoyed, and he's happy to be with Dale Ann. In addition to playing bass, Ron helps out on harmony vocals.

Chris Harris handles the mandolin playing as well as doing lead and harmony vocals. He plays both mandolin and guitar and writes bluegrass and country songs. Chris loves to perform, teach, and write.

Dale Ann Bradley's musical heritage and upbringing sounds much like that of the Carter Family. Something about growing up in the mountains gives artists an added sensitivity and depth. This will be Dale Ann's first performance at the Fold. Anyone who loves bluegrass will be spellbound by her and her group. There'll be lots of fiddle tunes for the dancers, and much more. For more information on Dale Ann Bradley and her band, go to Bluegrass fans know that it just isn't played any finer than the Dale Ann Bradley Band plays it.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on Saturday's concert, contact the Mountain Music Museum at 276-645-0035. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054.

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