Junior Blankenship was raised where mountain bluegrass was a cornerstone to the family culture. Junior’s father, the late Hillard Blankenship, drove the tour bus for Dr. Ralph Stanley many years. Junior and his father formed a band called the Rocky Mountain Boys. Soon after that, Ralph Stanley called Junior and asked him to become a Clinch Mountain Boy after Keith Whitley left their group. Junior was only seventeen at the time. He stayed with Dr. Stanley until 1989. Saturday, February 1st, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, wl present a concert of bluegrass music by the Junior Blankenship Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Due to recent weather, check the Carter Family Fold for possible cancellation of this performance.
Junior Blankenship has played with such greats as Ralph Stanley II, Ernie Thacker and Route 23, and Sammy Adkins and the Sandy Hook Mountain Boys. Junior’s unique style of cross picking earned him the privilege of recording with such greats as George Jones, Vince Gill, Emmy Lou Harris, Tom T. Hall, Dwight Yoakam, and Bill Monroe. Still playing the old traditional style music with a mix of more modern music, Junior has formed his own band – the Junior Blankenship Band.
Junior will be playing lead guitar and doing lead vocals. Cole Spears plays the bass and does vocals. Mike Mullins will be featured on the banjo. Kenny O’Quinn will be playing mandolin and also doing vocals. There will be fiddle tunes, lots of dancing, and lots of down-home fun. For more information on the Junior Blankenship Band, go to http://thejuniorblankenshipband.webstarts.com/. Don’t miss them at the Carter Family Fold!
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.