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Telluride Band Competition Winners Headed to Bluegrass Museum

Trout Steak RevivalWinners of the 2014 Telluride band competition, Trout Steak Revival boasts a unique brand of heartfelt songwriting blended with dynamic musicianship and intricately woven harmonies. What began as an informal jamming unit has evolved into one of Colorado's most tightly-knit bluegrass bands. Keeping an eye on tradition while boldly forging into new territory, Trout Steak Revival is set to take the IBMM stage October 5

Whitetop Mountain Band Returns to Carter Fold Saturday

Whitetop Mountain BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other show you have ever seen. There’s everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. Well-known for their charisma on stage and their ability to engage audiences of all ages, this group has been performing at the Carter Fold since shows first began at the A.P. Carter Grocery in the 1970s.

Carter Fold Presents Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers

Larry Efaw & the Bluegrass MountaineersSaturday, September 26th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers. 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.

Music Legend Ralph Stanley Celebrates 70th Anniversary in Concert

Dr. Ralph StanleyManassas, VA -- In 1945, a young Ralph Stanley joined his brother, the late Carter Stanley to form The Stanley Brothers, a pair that would go on to become one of the most influential music duos of all-time. They got their start calling into a local radio station in Norton, Va, where they would sing songs over the phone. After 7 decades, three Grammy awards and an induction into the Grand Ole Opry, Dr. Ralph Stanley has no intention on slowing down as he hits the 70-year milestone. To commemorate this accomplishment, he is playing a special show in Manassas, Va. on October 9 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. He will be joined by his Grandson, Dove-award winner Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys for this momentous occasion.

Mountain Arts Community Center Presents Dale Ann Bradley Oct 16

Dale Ann BradleySignal Mountain, TN -- Don’t miss the award winning “Bluegrass Vocalist”, Dale Ann Bradley at the Mountain Arts Community Center on Friday, October 16th at 7 pm. Tickets are $15, seniors $12 and children (ages 12 and under) $8. Tickets may be purchased at the MACC in advance - cash or check only.

Tune Town Old Time String Band with Dr. Mark Hand at Carter Fold

Tune Town Old Time String BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, September 19th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Tune Town Old Time String Band with Dr. Mark Handy.

Michael Feagan and Fiddlegrass Hit Carter Fold Saturday

Michael FeaganHiltons, VA -- Saturday, September 12th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Michael Feagan and Fiddlegrass. Michael Feagan has played with some of bluegrass music’s finest – Bill Monroe and Larry Sparks to name a few. He’s also worked with David Peterson & 1946 as well as country singer and guitarist Jerry Reed. Michael accompanied Kody Norris on fiddle at the Carter Fold. Michael will be backed by Fiddlegrass – some of bluegrass music’s finest musicians. His newest release – A Fiddler’s Journey – is now available. The CD features dance tunes that even the most seasoned musicians might not know. The release exemplifies the versatility and experience that make Michael’s career so diverse and interesting. A true gentleman, Michael proudly represents bluegrass music at its’ finest.

Blue Ridge Music Trails "Family Traditions" Concert

The Cockman FamilyJust as it was for Earl Scruggs, music is part of the family for the performers at the Blue Ridge Music Trails "Traditions” Concert, set for Thursday, September 17, at 7 pm at the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC. This concert, “Family Traditions,” showcases the talents of two family bands for whom the traditional music of the NC mountains and foothills has long been an integral part of their lives. One might say music is in their blood.

Dry Hill Draggers Play Carter Family Fold Aug 29th

Dry Hill DraggesThe Dry Hill Draggers started out in 1981. From Franklin County, Virginia, the group included Jimmy Boyd on banjo and his brother, Billy. Although several of the founding members are now gone, the group has continued in the mountain tradition of a multi-generational, traditional, old time string band. While jamming in the 1970s in the Dryhill and Ferrum area, some of the musicians were falling behind. Edgar Crowe said since they were dragging behind on their timing, he was going to call the group the Dry Hill Draggers. That name has stuck now for the past 30 years. The Ferrum, Virginia, area is home to most of those performing in the group today. They played at the 1982 World’s Fair, and they’re favorites at the Floyd Country Store and the Blue Ridge Music Center. Their knock-down driving beat is anything but “dragging.” In 2011, they placed second in the old time band category at Galax. Fold audiences who remember Larry Sigmon and Barbara Poole will love this old time band.

Steep Canyon Rangers play the Blue Ridge Music Center August 29

Steep Canyon RangersGalax, VA – The Steep Canyon Rangers bring their original bluegrass sound to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday, August 29, at 7 p.m., as the North Carolina band’s ninth studio album, Radio, makes its debut. The same day, the Blue Ridge Parkway is looking ahead to its yearlong celebration of the National Park Service’s 2016 centennial anniversary with kick-off festivities at the Music Center.

Carter Fold Presents Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers Old Time Band

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. At only 28 years old, Jake Krack has an impressive biography. He graduated from Berea College in 2007. While at Berea, Jake was a recipient of the Red Foley Memorial Music Award. Since that time, he has produced and released nine CDs on which he is featured. In addition, he has produced and/or consulted on many old time CDs. Jake is an Individual Artist Coordinator for the Culture and History Department in Charleston, West Virginia. He has done internships, received scholarships, and done extensive work with Smithsonian Folkways recordings.

Bluegrass Underground Celebrates Birthday Aug 22

Stay Cool in the CaveThe Bluegrass Underground cave venue will celebrate their birthday August 22nd with the very first band to perform in the caverns, The Volunteer Stringband. "What a great place for a concert!" If you've been lucky enough to attend a show at Bluegrass Underground, those were likely your exact words when you turned the corner on the trail and saw, for the first time, the antique crystal chandelier hanging over the magnificent, underground amphitheater that is The Volcano Room. We've all said it, and lately, a lot of other folks have been making that same discovery.

Monroe Crossing Bringing Monroe's Music to Carter Family Fold

Monroe CrossingNamed in honor of Bill Monroe – the Father of Bluegrass Music – Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Based in the twin cities of Minnesota, the group plays an average of 150 shows a year at intimate rooms, major venues, and festivals. This will be their second Carter Fold performance. Saturday, August 15th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Monroe Crossing. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Appalachian Music by Emi Sunshine at Carter Fold Saturday

Emi SunshineSaturday, August 8th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of Appalachian music by Emi Sunshine. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. It’s impossible to explain the exceptional talents of Emi Sunshine, a 10-year old east Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Steeped in Appalachian music, she is a true vocal stylist, one who instinctively knows how to interpret the nuances of a song with her impressive range, even though she has yet to gain the life experience and empathy seemingly necessary to fully comprehend the words she sings. Despite a given name that reflects optimism, she is drawn to dark themes in music – like that of the Louvin Brothers. The Tennessean is just the latest to describe her as an old soul – noting Onstage, this soul’s presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folksy. While her youth might remind many of Taylor Swift, a more apt comparison would be to artists such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, or members of the Carter Family.

Acclaimed Mountain Stage Comes to Barter Theatre August 16

Mountain StageAbingdon, VA -- Mountain Stage comes to Barter Theatre for an exciting one night only performance and recording! Gretchen Peters, JD Souther, Nellie McKay, The Whiskey Gentry, and Wayne Henderson fill the stage for two hours of great country and Americana music. Mountain Stage is recording the concert live, and it will be broadcast to over 150 NPR stations nationally. Barter Theatre makes the perfect stage for this showcase of seasoned legends and emerging stars.


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