Hiltons, VA -- The McLain Family Band has been performing at Carter Family shows since Janette Carter first began presenting concerts in the old A.P. Carter Grocery in 1974. Raymond McLain, Sr., (now deceased) formed the family band in the late 1960s when his five children were very young. Mr. McLain was a Carter Family Memorial Music Center board member from the day the center was created.
Saturday, January 4th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the McLain Family Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.
Although the McLain Family Band no longer tours, they try to perform at the Fold when their schedules permit. Now headed up by Raymond McLain, Jr., the group has expanded to include some of the spouses of the McLain siblings. Raymond is Director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University. He also performs, produces, and records. Raymond serves on the Carter Music Center’s board of directors in addition to serving as the Artistic Director at the Fold.
Joining Raymond will be his sister Ruth McLain Smith on bass and vocals. Older sister Alice will lend her instrumental and vocal talent along with husband Al White on mandolin. Michael McLain will join the group on banjo, guitar, and vocals. His wife, Jennifer, will be featured on vocals and mandolin. Baby sister Nancy Ann will be helping out on vocals.
Raymond’s 40 plus years of entertaining have taken him to performances in all 50 states and 62 foreign countries, including a tour as a musical ambassador of the U.S. State Department. For 21 years with the McLain Family Band, Raymond was featured internationally at thousands of festivals and concerts and as a soloist in appearances with over 230 orchestras. Raymond was with Jim & Jesse’s Virginia Boys for ten years. He currently performs with Canadian harmonica whiz, Mike Stevens. Through the years, the McLains have produced dozens of CDs and records.
For some of the best bluegrass music this side of Heaven, don’t miss the McLain Family Band. Come on out and join us for one of the most memorable musical evenings you can imagine! For more information, go to http://www.mclains.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 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.