Marion, VA -- Nine year old Carson Peters recently appeared on the Jay Leno Show. This young man from Piney Flats, Tennessee amazes audiences wherever he performs including Leno and the national television audience a few weeks ago. In 2008, Carson and his parents began attending Old-time and Bluegrass festivals where Carson could hear and jam with some very talented musicians as well as compete in youth fiddle competitions. His most noteworthy contest wins have taken place at the Bluegrass and Old-time Fiddlers’ Convention in Mt. Airy, NC where he has received first place in the Youth Old-time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle and Youth Folk Song categories. He has also received the most promising young talent award at this festival in multiple years. Carson was also named Tennessee State Peewee Fiddle Champion for 2010 in Clarksville, Tennessee and has also won first place in the Youth Old-Time and the Youth Bluegrass Fiddle category at the famous Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, Virginia.
Carson says winning trophies and getting your name in the newspaper is “really cool” but that is not the main reason he works so hard at his music. “It’s all about using the talent GOD gave me to make people smile,” he says. Carson truly loves to entertain people! At nine years old, Carson is a seasoned performer playing numerous venues throughout the region; Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Dollywood’s Bluegrass and BBQ, Asheville’s Bluegrass First Class, and a live broadcast on WDVX in Knoxville to list a few.
Steve and Ruth Smith, from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, return for their second appearance on Song of the Mountains. Steve and Ruth’s music is a unique blend of Appalachian heritage music with Celtic roots, featuring hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, guitar, and banjo. Ohio Magazine says Steve and Ruth’s music has "the soul of mountain music and the gentle grace of mountain air." Their music combines the richness of centuries old Appalachian and Celtic musical traditions along with their original music about mountain life and rural Appalachian values.
Additional bluegrass music on Song of the Mountains will be provided by the Gentlemen of Bluegrass with their traditional music including familiar standards as well as original tunes. Volume Five will also treat the audience to their hard driving bluegrass sounds and high energy show.
Dennis Cash will also perform many Carter Family style tunes on Song of the Mountains on December 14th. Dennis recently released his new CD “Sing Me a Carter Family Song”. He will provide lots of this music for Song of the Mountains.
This Song of the Mountains concert on Saturday, December 14th begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets and information is available at www.songofthemountains.org or by calling 276-783-6093.
Song of the Mountains is underwritten for public television by TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA, The Appalachian Cultural Music Association and the Mountain Music Museum in Bristol, TN, Blue Ridge Country 98.1 fm, The Bank of Marion, Morehead State University, Bryant Label Co. of Blountville, TN. Special support from the Town of Marion, VA. Also Song of the Mountains appreciates all the support received from their faithful supporters who contribute dollars to keep this concert series funded and on public television across America.
Memberships and Song of the Mountains merchandise are available at the website and your purchases help support the concert series. Donations are accepted at the website as well. Underwriting opportunities are available by contacting Song of the Mountains through our website. Song of the Mountains/The Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization.