The spark the Bluegrass Mountaineers ignite while performing traditional bluegrass music is very unique. Their burning desire (fueled by their experience and music shared by four generations to continue a family tradition) is one of the world’s most valued treasures in such a wonderful music style. The fourth generation of the Bluegrass Mountaineers, Chris Wilcox is eager to learn the instruments at the young age of eight years old. In a quest to carry on the traditional bluegrass sound, the Bluegrass Mountaineers combine old time claw hammering, classic country yodeling, and twin fiddles to showcase their unique style. All members of the Bluegrass Mountaineers take turns demonstrating their vocal and instrumental abilities. Their love for the traditional, genuine bluegrass sound is evident every time they take the stage. Saturday, August 16th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.
The Bluegrass Mountaineers have many qualities that make them unique. The basics of their success lies in old fashioned hard work combined with shining star talent that only appears to flow more brightly with each performance. They bring to each audience an energetic, entertaining, and family-oriented show. Relying on driving instrumentation and accurate vocals to produce their unique sound; the Bluegrass Mountaineers present a fast-moving live performance, exploding with energy as they perform for the audience. Their powerful stage presence is accented by a neat, clean-cut appearance that adds to their public appeal and the esteem of their fans.
When people hear the Bluegrass Mountaineers, they agree that they play their kind of music and they are their kind of musicians.
The Bluegrass Mountaineers have achieved a variety of accomplishments. Some of the members have received numerous awards. They have performed on the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville’s Fan Fair, Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree, Summersville, Ralph Stanley’s Bluegrass Festival, and the Chicago Folk Festival – just to mention a few.
Larry Efaw started playing the mandolin at the age of seven. When his son Stanley joined his band, Larry started playing lead guitar. During his career, he has performed as a guest with Dailey & Vincent, Rhonda Vincent, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Del McCoury, the Lewis Family, and Gold WingExpress. Larry has won numerous awards and championships. He’s promoted tours since 1987.
Stanley Efaw learned to play the mandolin when he was seven while recovering from a hip replacement. His dad Larry taught him to play. By the age of eight, Stanley was playing mandolin with the Bluegrass Mountaineers. Over the years, he has expanded his musical talents to the fiddle, dobro, banjo, upright bass, and guitar. He sings lead and harmony vocals, and has performed with some of the finest artists in bluegrass music – including touring with Ralph Stanley II and other bands.
Edward “Beanpole” Efaw started his own band at the age of 22 – the Bluegrass Ramblers. In the early 1960s, he changed the name of the band to the Bluegrass Mountaineers. Edward plays rhythm guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. He is an avid songwriter and supplies a great deal of the band’s material.
Anthony Prater started playing guitar when he was eight. Within a year, he was performing on stage with his dad and uncle’s band, the Prater Brothers. When he was 16 years old, he mastered the upright bass. Traveling and performing bluegrass music was a life-long dream which he actively pursued. His solid, hard-driving bass playing is the foundation of the Bluegrass Mountaineers.
Tom Isaacs has been playing on the bluegrass circuit since 2003. He is one of the finest bluegrass musicians on the road today, mastering banjo and fiddle. Tom has shared the stage with an impressive list of bluegrass musicians – Dr. Ralph Stanley and Ralph Stanley II, Porter Wagoner, Little Roy Lewis, and Rhonda Vincent. He has performed at the Fold many times over the years with various groups.
John Bryan rounds out the Bluegrass Mountaineers. Performing music since 2005, he started his musical career playing the banjo. Over the years, he has mastered the guitar. His unique high, lonesome tenor and high lead vocals are truly amazing. John has also performed at the Fold over the years with various groups.
This concert will be the first at the Carter Fold for the Bluegrass Mountaineers. Although the group is technically a bluegrass band, old time music lovers certainly won’t be disappointed. With twin fiddles, jaw-dropping instrumentals, and harmony that would make an angel band envious, you won’t want to miss the Bluegrass Mountaineers! Don’t forget your dancing shoes – or your friends and family. For more information on the Bluegrass Mountaineers, go to http://bluegrassmountaineers.net/.
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 – @carterfoldinfo.