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Woodsongs Tribute to The Carter Family Coming Nov 30

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio HourMonday Nov 30 is our tribute to the first family of country music The Carter Family featuring John Carter Cash (Johnny and June Carter Cash's son) Call 859-252-8888 or email Tickets are Public: $10 Students: $5 WS Partners: Free. The event takes place at the Lyric Theatre 300 Elm Tree Lane in historic Lexington, KY. The Carter Family are considered the most influential group in country music history. Comprised of Alvin P. Carter, his wife, Sara, and their sister-in-law, Maybelle, The Carter Family sang a pure, simple harmony that influenced not only the numerous other family groups of the '30s and the '40s, but folk, bluegrass, and rock musicians like Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, the Kingston Trio, Doc Watson, Bob Dylan, and Emmylou Harris, to mention just a few. Among the more than 300 songs they recorded are "Wabash Cannonball," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "Wildwood Flower," and "Keep on the Sunny Side."

Carter Fold to Present Appalachian music by Emi Sunshine Nov 28

Emi SunshineHiltons, VA -- Saturday, November 28, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of Appalachian music by Emi Sunshine. 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.

Carter Fold Presents New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters Saturday

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersThe New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters took their group’s name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard’s Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country’s finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Leon Frost on mandolin, Jesse Morris on bass, Eddie Bond on fiddle, and Josh Ellis on banjo. The guys have been playing together for over nearly fifteen years. Saturday, November 21st, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters old time band.

Fred Bartenstein on Josh Graves at ICMC 2016

Josh GravesThe misty chilly Middle Tennessee weather scene today makes one think of accounts of the Scottish Moors. Despite not being able to offer each of you some Lagavulan, this update should warm your heart. Gradually more of the International Country Music Conference (ICMC) 2016 program is taking shape. ICMC has always been hospitable to Bluegrass and 2016 is no exception. Once again Fred Bartenstein of Yellow Springs, Ohio will be sharing his expertise with us. Bartenstein will be discussing “How Josh Graves Made Flatt and Scruggs Hip.”

Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band Plays Carter Fold Nov 14

Fiddlin’ Carson PetersHiltons, VA -- Carson Peters, or “Fiddlin’ Carson Peters,” as he is becoming known, started playing fiddle at the ripe old age of three when his parents bought him a 1/8 size fiddle. By age four, he was playing in fiddle competitions and jamming at musical festivals. Carson has continued to hone the fiddling and singing talents that God so graciously blessed him with and has won many competitions along the way. Saturday, November 14th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band.

Donna Ulisse is part of Country Music Hall of Fame's Bluegrass & Beyond

Donna UlisseThe Country Music Hall of Fame Museum will present a full day of bluegrass-inspired performances featuring top players on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Kenny and Amanda Smith, the well known husband and wife bluegrass duo with a contemporary take on song choice and arrangements will begin the day's music. Amanda is a winner of the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Award, and Kenny is a two-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Award recipient.

Boston Bluegrass Union’s Jam’n this November 20-22 in Concord, MA

The Colonial InnBBU’s Jam’n is less than three weeks away! The dates are November 20-22, 2015. Our special block of rooms at the Colonial Inn is ending this Friday, November 6th, so if you’d like to stay over, call the Colonial Inn this week for a special rate of $149. The Colonial Inn has recently renovated their rooms, and you can reserve your room by calling the Colonial Inn directly at (877) 425-2081. Don't forget to mention whether you prefer a picking room or non-picking room.

Mountain Heart Transplant-New Lineup Makes Volcano Room Debut

Mountain HeartMountain Heart has been a Bluegrass Underground favorite almost from the start. Like us, they're "a little bit bluegrass, a little bit underground." Deeply rooted in tradition, they've always been fearless in adding new genres to the mix, creating the kind of high-energy show that makes diehard bluegrass fans out of people who didn't know they even liked bluegrass.

Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks in Marshall, NC Nov 14th

Mark Kuykendall & Bobby Hicks. Photo Tim BarnwelLegendary bluegrass fiddler and Marshall, NC resident, Bobby Hicks, has just released a new recording for Rebel Records. Entitled Down Memory Lane, the CD is a collaboration with high-lonesome singer, Mark Kuykendall. Hicks started working with Bill Monroe in 1954.

Wayne Henderson and Friends Return to Carter Fold Sat Nov 7

Wayne HendersonHiltons, VA -- Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about twenty instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin.

Milton Harkey's 21st Bluegrass First Class Festival Feb 19-21

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutAsheville, NC -- Milton Harkey is proud to announce the 21st annual Bluegrass First Class to be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Resort located in Asheville, North Carolina. The Sunday Morning Gospel Show is free and open to all attendees from 8AM to 10AM at the Showcase Stage.

Edge of Music City Sees Emerging Music Scene

Music City Roots - The FactoryFranklin, TN -- Franklin, Tennessee is making its mark on the live music scene, elevated by the success of the recent inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, proclaimed to be "arguably the best curated (festival) of the year" by Rolling Stone. This Southern suburb of Nashville, known for its Civil War attractions, historic preservation accomplishments and quaint Main Street appeal, is getting a second look for its live music, attracting locals and visitors alike.

Dixie Hall to be Honored at Country Music Hall of Fame

Dixie HallNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will honor the memory of bluegrass stalwart Dixie Hall at the ninth annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum on Wednesday, November 19, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ford Theater. This cheerful and joyous celebration of Hall’s life and music will include never-before-seen photographs, interviews with colleagues and live performances of songs written by the bluegrass and country music songwriter, journalist, and label head. Guests will include Sierra Hull, Rita Forrester (granddaughter of A. P. and Sara Carter), Carl Jackson, Chris Jones and Heather Berry-Mabe, among others. Hall is the first posthumous subject of the Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum.

8th Annual Janette Carter Gospel Show, Sunday, Nov. 1st

Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, VirginiaSunday, November 1st, 2015, at 2:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special gospel concert by Eugene Wolf, Mitya Kuznetsov, Ronnie Williams, Tim White, and Teddy Helton. 2015 marks the eighth annual gospel event in honor of Janette Carter. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children ages 6 to 11 $3, under age 6 free. Tickets will be available only at the door on the day of the concert. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m.

Mountain Park Old Time Band Heats up Carter Fold Oct 24

Mountain Park Old-Time BandMountain Park Old Time Band was formed seven 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. Saturday, October 24th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.


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