Hiltons, VA -- Saturday, November 24th, the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a bluegrass music concert by Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys. There will be a special set of Carter Family music with special guest Ronnie Williams beginning at 7:00 pm. In addition, the music center and the Virginia Playboys will be collecting toys for local, needy children at Christmas that night. Anyone attending the concert wishing to participate in the toy drive should bring an unwrapped toy.
The concert begins at 7:30 PM and admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The special set begins at 7:00.
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. Today, Lonesome Will is one of the most accomplished singers and musicians around. Also influenced by Jerry Lee Lewis, he mixes traditional bluegrass music with a breathtakingly energetic stage show. Backed by the Virginia Playboys, the show will be jam-packed with hard driving bluegrass, old time clawhammer banjo, and gospel music. When Lonesome Will takes the stage, audiences are swept away by his range, talent, and showmanship.
The Virginia Playboys will be backing Lonesome Will. The Burrows brothers – Adam and Jake – and Gary Moore are the Virginia Playboys. From the mountains of North Carolina, Jake and Adam Burrows have a history of bluegrass in their family. The McPherson Brothers Band, who played on the Grand Ole Opry and shows with the great Jim and Jesse McReynolds in the ‘60s are their uncles. Their love of bluegrass began there, and they’ve learned well. Jake and Adam can play pretty much any instrument they pick up. Gary Moore plays mandolin as well as guitar and adds his vocal talent to the group. Gary was formerly with Ernie Thacker and Route 23 and Sapling Grove. He also plays with the Junior Blankenship Band.
Ronnie Williams has been playing since 1975. One of his best memories is playing for Sara and Maybelle at the Fold in 1976. He remembers playing Gold Watch and Chain and Black Mountain Rag for “Mommy and Maybelle” at Janette’s request. Ronnie plays a Gibson guitar similar to Maybelle’s, and he also plays autoharp and sings beautifully. He’s been a friend of the Carter Family for years, and often visited various members of the family – a tradition he continues to this day. A great cook, Ronnie often helps out in the Fold’s kitchen. You won’t find anyone who knows more about the Carter Family and their music or anyone who plays it with more reverence and skill than Ronnie Williams does.
For some of the best bluegrass, old time, gospel – and Carter Family - music you’ll ever hear, don’t miss Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys with special guest Ronnie Williams at the Carter Family Fold. Over the past several years, Will has become a favorite of Fold audiences. He captivates his fans, and he holds his audiences spellbound. Performing officially since 2006, Will has released four CDs. For additional information, go to www.lonesomewill.com/. Bring along your dancing shoes, a toy for needy children, and be prepared for an evening of fun-filled entertainment!
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.
CarterMusic 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.