Saturday, December 14th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the ETSU Bluegrass Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Bands with the ETSU Bluegrass and Country Music Program have performed at the Fold since the beginning of the program at ETSU in 1982. Daniel Boner and Roy Andrade now serve as the program’s directors. The ETSU program has grown so popular that students travel from all over the world to study there.
There are now nearly twenty different bands maintained by the program. ETSU’s bands have performed in Japan, Belgium, and Russia. Some of the finest students the Bluegrass and Country Music Program has to offer will be performing with the ETSU Bluegrass Band. Daniel Boner will be heading up the group.
A multi-talented instrumentalist and vocalist, Daniel Boner began his musical career over twenty years ago in his home state of New Jersey. Since 2000, he has made his home in the Johnson City, Tennessee, area where he has taught voice, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, banjo, and bass both privately and at ETSU. Daniel has made national and international concert tours of Italy, Germany, Belgium, Canada, England, and Scotland - and has toured Japan three times.
He has performed at such venues as St. Peter’s Basilica, NATO Headquarters, the Smithsonian National Folklife Festival, the White House, and the Grand Ole Opry. Daniel also tours part-time with bluegrass shamisen virtuoso, Takeharu Kunimoto. They have collaborated on albums, DVDs, and television projects. Dan has performed onstage with bluegrass and country stars including Ralph Stanley, Jesse McReynolds, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, and the late Porter Wagoner. He’s been featured on more than fifty recordings, including his 2007 solo album, The Gospel Way.
In 2007, Daniel was hired as the Assistant Director of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Program. Former students of this highly regarded institution include multi-award winning bluegrass artists Tim Stafford (Blue Highway), Barry Bales (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Adam Steffey, Becky Buller (Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike), Hunter Berry (Rhonda Vincent & The Rage) and country music superstar, Kenny Chesney.
If you like traditional bluegrass, don't miss Daniel Boner and the ETSU Bluegrass Band. Their instrumental work is outstanding, and their vocals are unbelievable. Don't forget your dancing shoes, either. There will be several fiddlers in the group. The ETSU Bluegrass Band puts tremendous energy and drive into every performance. For more information, go to www.dansmusiconline.com/ or www.etsu.edu/das/bluegrass.
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 recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – Twitter @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.