For thirty 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. The Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Whitewater Bluegrass Company Saturday, November 10th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission to the concert is $8, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free.
With true southern charm and manners, Whitewater’s MC, square dance caller, and bass man, “Uncle Ted” White, will put you right at ease. His country wit and solid delivery on the bass make him an audience favorite. The driving rhythm of Bill Byerly’s Martin guitar provides the backdrop against which the group’s melody of sound is woven. Bill has been a veteran of the Asheville music scene for over 30 years. After playing rock and top 40 music, Bill returned to acoustic music some 24 years ago when he joined Whitewater.
These two founding members have brought together some of the finest musicians North Carolina has to offer. With the addition of David Pendley on mandolin, the blend of the Whitewater sound became riveting. Dave played for ten years with Ric-o-Chet on Rebel Records. His distinct chop, paired with impeccable timing, adds to the drive of Whitewater’s music. His great ear for harmony and lead singing make Dave a great addition to Whitewater.
Steve Sutton, on banjo, has had a vast and varied career. He cut his musical teeth working for Raymond Fairchild in Maggie Valley and went directly from there to working with the King of Bluegrass Jimmy Martin. He helped Rhonda Vincent create her sound with the Rage and most recently worked with Alicia Nugent. Steve is an IBMA winner as well as a Grammy-nominated artist. His machine-gun delivery with the banjo will leave you wanting more.
Gary Mackey, on fiddle, is one of the most animated players in music. He has recorded for some of the top acts coming out of Nashville today including the Bellamy Brothers and Dolly Parton, as well as working for the Goose Creek Symphony. Learning fiddle tunes at an early age at the knee of Uncle Albert and Aunt Emma Hammond, Gary went on to become a two-time Georgia state fiddle champion. He is a true showman and a delight to witness as he performs.
Whitewater Bluegrass Company has served as the host band for Folkmoot USA, the Smokey Mountain Folk Festival, Kanuga Conference Centers, and the historic Horse Barn on the Biltmore estate. They have also been featured entertainers at the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University and the Grove Park Inn.
Don’t miss the Whitewater Bluegrass Company at the Carter Fold – and don’t forget your dancing shoes cause you’ll need them! They’ll deliver a solid, hard drivin’ evening of some of the best bluegrass music you’ll ever hear. Whitewater has been regularly performing at the Fold over the past several years, and they’ve become an audience favorite. For more info, go to: http://www.whitewaterbluegrassco.com/.
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 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.
Whitewater Bluegrass Company