Friday, June 6th, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert to celebrate the donation of an AED (automated external defibrillator) from Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center and the Level One Heart Attack Network to our venue. Holston Valley employees and co-workers are especially encouraged to attend this free concert. Wristbands for employee event admission are available in the Wellmont HVMC Human Resources office on a first-come, first-serve basis – four per employee. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend as well. In lieu of admission, please bring a donation of canned goods for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Dr. Mark Handy and the Mountain Park Old Time Band will be our featured band, but there may be some other guest performers.
Mountain Park Old Time Band was formed six years ago as a group of friends who happened to enjoy old time music got together to have a good time. Over the past several years, the Mountain Park Old Time Band has been creating a stir in old time music circles. The group has five members, all of whom are very versatile and talented musicians. Nancy and Johnny Gentry played for years with the Whitetop Mountain Band. Johnny plays guitar, dobro, and fiddle as well as doing vocals for the band. Nancy drives the rhythm with her excellent bass playing. She and Johnny both teach music, and Johnny also makes beautiful banjos. Roger Stamper handles the fiddling for the group and he plays guitar and bass as well. C. T. Janney plays the washboard – an “instrument” rarely played today. C.T. also cuts a mean rug when he dances. Dr. Mark Handy plays banjo and does vocals – he’s also a champion clogger. When he’s not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices medicine in Abingdon, Virginia, and helps to run his family’s farm. He a so generously donates his time for many worthy local causes.
The Mountain Park Old Time Band has played at the Blue Ridge Music Center, the Alleghany Jubilee, the Rex Theater, and at Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Festival. They have also been featured on National Public Radio. The group has released two CDs – Fire on the Dance Floor and Dancing with Sally Goodin. Mountain Park recently performed at the annual Carter Family Festival. Their group has very quickly become a Carter Fold favorite.
Fans of groups like the Whiteop Mountain Band will love the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, and be ready for a night of down home fun. Nothing gets you out of your seat and on the dance floor faster than a rousing old time band. Don’t miss the Mountain Park Old Time Band at the Carter Family Fold! For more information on the group, go to: http://www.mountainparkoldtimeband.com/.
The Carter Music Center is proud to partner with Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center to present this special concert. The music center, staff, and the Carter Fold family are very grateful to Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center, HVMC CEO Tim Atterberry, Leslie Bishop, Dr. Herbert Ladley, and the Level One Heart Attack Netwwork for the generous donation of this life-saving device.
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.