JP Mathes has been performing at the Carter Fold since he was 16 years old - first as a member of the ETSU Bluegrass Band and later as the Ensembles Director of Hazard Community College’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music (KSBTM). The student performers include Caleb Edwards (mandolin) from Indiana; Bobby Earl Whitaker III (guitar) from Jackson, Kentucky; and James Colwell (bass) from Hazard Kentucky. Special guest performers will include Dean Osborne, two-time Grammy award winner, Curtis “Dr. Dobro” Burch, and on fiddle Leona Tokutake Mathes from Tokyo, Japan. Saturday, May 4th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by J.P. Mathes and the Kentucky School of Bluegrass Ensemble. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.
JP has performed all across the United States and the world as a student musician, music professor, and as a private performer. Performance highlights include 12 tours of Japan, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Ole Opry, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, bluegrass and music education tours of Alaska and Hawaii, and many others. JP will be touring Japan again this summer for 6 weeks with his wife Leona as ambassadors of bluegrass music. The duo along with Japanese musicians will be performing at music venues throughout Japan and holding workshops for Japanese college students who are learning bluegrass and traditional American music.
The Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music is an accredited program that operates under Hazard Community & Technical College’s: College of Heritage, Humanities, and Fine Arts. Students can receive an associate’s degree, diploma, and certificate in Bluegrass & Traditional Music. The KSBTM is located at a satellite campus in Hyden, Kentucky. Students who enroll at the KSBTM take courses such as ensemble, individual instruction, bluegrass history, audio recording, harmony singing, and much more. The program will unveil its state of the recording facilities in the fall semester of 2013, which includes a large professional level recording studio, a smaller studio B, and three enclosed student audio workstations. The KSBTM has already welcomed students from 18 states since it’s opening in 2007. Faculty members at the KSBTM include Dean Osborne, Curtis Burch, Chris Mullins, Grand Ole Opry member and bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne, and JP Mathes. For more information or to schedule a tour of the school visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kybluegrassschool or call 1-(606) 487-3499.
For some of the finest bluegrass music the southeast has to offer, don’t miss the Kentucky School of Bluegrass Ensemble at the Fold. There will be traditional bluegrass tunes, lively fiddle tunes and instrumentals, gospel tunes, and beautiful harmony. Don’t forget your dancing shoes, and be sure to bring along your friends!
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.