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5th Annual Janette Carter Memorial Gospel Concert Features Top Bluegrass Band

Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme OutSunday, November 4th, 2012, at 2:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special gospel concert by multi award winning group Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out and gospel award winning Paul Williams and the Victory Trio. 2012 marks the fifth annual gospel event in honor of Janette Carter. Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, children ages 6 to 11 $3, under age 6 free. Tickets will be available at the door only on the day of the concert. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m.

This show is being presented as a tribute to Janette Carter – founder of the Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc. Janette began presenting shows of old time and bluegrass music in 1974 in tribute to the Original Carter Family. She started the shows as a result of a promise she made to her dying father – A.P. Carter. A.P. asked her to keep his music alive, and she promised him she would try. The Carter Family Fold, the Carter Family Museum, and the A.P. Carter birthplace cabin stand today as a lasting tribute to the culmination of that promise. Despite the fact that Janette didn’t finish high school, she founded one of the first rural arts organizations in the U.S., established a museum, and preserved the musical legacy of the Carter Family – the first family of country music – for generations to come. A steadfast, life-long Christian, Janette was an inspiration to everyone she met. Any tribute to her would naturally pay homage to her strong faith.

Success for Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out was nearly an overnight occurrence for the group following their formation in 1991. Since that time, they have become one of the most beloved and best-selling acts in the genre. To this day, founding member Russell Moore and the group are creating a new tradition in modern bluegrass music. Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out has won seven consecutive IBMA awards for Vocal Group of the Year. Russell has won five Male Vocalist of the Year awards. All in all, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out has garnered over 50 industry awards, the last two being Bluegrass Band of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year from SPBGMA.

As a band, their vocals define them, and their a capella renditions of many songs can barely be matched. Their superb instrumentation provides a supportive contrast to their rich vocal blends. Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme out has performed on the Grand Ole Opry, GAC and RFD channel programs, and they have released 14 recordings to date since 1995. The old saying that the third time is a charm proved to be true for Moore as IIIrd Tyme Out was his third professional bluegrass band association. Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out features Moore on guitar, Justen Haynes on fiddle, Wayne Benson on mandolin, and Edgar Loudermilk on bass. Performing their own brand of bluegrass, they have unmatched quartet and trio arrangements, masterful lead singing, dead-on rhythm, tasteful fills, lyrical solos, and great songs. From stage left to stage right, they are a complete band – perhaps the most complete band of the past two decades. Visit http://iiirdtymeout.com/ for additional information on the group.

When you see or hear the name Paul Williams, a Christian gentleman with an exceptional voice and smooth mandolin lick come to mind. Lots of bluegrass groups play bluegrass gospel, but few groups truly make you truly feel gospel music like Paul Williams and his band the Victory Trio. Paul’s love for music and his faith began at the early age of nine when his father bought him an A model Gibson mandolin to play in prayer meetings and church services. Now retired, Paul travels all over the country performing at churches, festivals, and benefits.

Paul began his legendary career with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in the 1950s. He later became one of Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys, doing a great deal of song writing and recording. Some of the songs he wrote during this time – I Like to Hear Them Preach It, Prayer Bells in Heaven, and Don’t Cry to Me are bluegrass gospel music classics. Although he retired from the bluegrass circuit in 1963, Paul continued to write songs and play in churches and radio broadcasts for the next thirty-three years.

In 1995, Paul formed the Victory Trio and played in churches around Morristown, Tennessee – his hometown. An immediate regional success, it took four years for the group to achieve national recognition. In 2000, their second self-produced recording Old Ways & Old Paths was re-released on Rebel Records. It was nominated for a Grammy that year in the Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album category. Since then they have received multiple nominations from SPBGMA and IBMA. In February, 2007, they captured SPBGMA’s Bluegrass Traditional Group of the Year. Few bluegrass gospel groups today are as prolific as Paul Williams & the Victory Trio. Paul has released a dozen albums and CDs. For more information, visit the artist page for Rebel Records – http://rebelrecords.com/.

For some of the most beautiful gospel music this side of Heaven, make plans to join us for this special tribute concert. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Janette Carter Memorial Endowment Fund and the Carter Music Center. Established in 2007 by the Center’s board of directors and attorney, the fund was set up to insure that Janette’s vision of preserving old time mountain music will continue for generations to come.

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 http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts 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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