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Traditional Bluegrass by Acoustic Heritage at Carter Fold Saturday

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Acoustic HeritageHiltons, VA -- Tim and Debbie Grim Yates have combined their lives, amazing talents, and deep musical roots to forge one of the country’s most accomplished and entertaining music groups on the scene today. Acoustic Heritage is the culmination of several generations of singers and musicians who performed old time and bluegrass music while passing on the love of that unique Appalachian Mountain sound to the generations that followed after them. Whether it’s the sound of Debbie’s amazing clawhammer banjo, her lively fiddle, or Tim’s mesmerizing guitar, the music of Acoustic Heritage always leaves an audience wanting to hear more.

Saturday, February 28th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of traditional bluegrass music by Acoustic Heritage – the Tim and Debbie Yates Family Band. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free.

The Yates Family Band originated from Acoustic Heritage – Tim and Debbie Yates. Their children – Molly (14) and Sadie (12) – have been performing on stage ever since they could hold an instrument. Tim played in a family band called John Yates and the Yates Brothers from Taylors Valley. Debbie also played in a family band called the Konnarock Critters. Both have been performing for over 25 years. Joining the Yates Family at the Carter Fold will be Debbie’s brother Brian from the original Konnarock Critters. Tim’s nephew, Jordan Yates (who has also played his whole life with various bands) will also be joining them. Fold audiences will remember the Konnarock Critters. They performed many times at the Carter Fold.

Debbie Grim Yates grew up in a family of musicians, so it’s only natural that she would begin playing an instrument at a very young age. Before long she had mastered a dynamic, precise clawhammer banjo style that is distinctly her own as well as the ability to saw out a barn-burner on the fiddle. Her soft, yet amazingly powerful voice has a special quality that simply soothes the soul as you listen. Debbie really loves to perform, and her many years of picking and singing with the Konnarock Critters has helped mold her into one of the genre’s most entertaining peformers.

Tim Yates has played both guitar and standup bass for over 20 years with his family band the Yates Brothers as well as some of the biggest names in bluegrass. He has toured the United States with Wyatt Rice and Santa Cruz, the Jimmy Goudreau Bluegrass Unit, and the Tony Rice Unit. Tim is an outstanding singer with a honey-smooth voice that perfectly compliments wife Debbie’s voice, but what really sets him apart from other performers is his mastery of the guitar. Any time Tim Yates takes a guitar break, you had better look away because you’re likely to fall under the spell of the amazing sights and sounds of his guitar work.

For some of the best old time music you’ll ever hear, don’t miss Acoustic Heritage with special guest Brian Grim at the Carter Family Fold! For additional information on the group, check out their web site – The Konnarock Critters played many times at the Carter Fold through the years, and it will be a pleasure to welcome Debbie and Brian back along with Debbie’s family. The Fold is steeped in musical family heritage, and the Yates and Grim families are part of that tradition.

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 Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at 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.

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