Sunday, November 20th, 2016, at 2:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special gospel concert by Carson Peters and Iron Mountain and Ronnie Williams and Friends. Tim White and Teddy Helton will be two of the musicians helping Ronnie. 2016 marks the ninth 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.
Carson Peters started playing the 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 music festivals. Carson has continued to hone the fiddling and singing talent that God graciously blessed him with and has won many competitions along the way. At 12 years old, Carson is a seasoned performer playing numerous venues with his band throughout the region – Dollywood’s Bluegrass and BBQ, Asheville Bluegrass First Class, Song of the Mountains, WDVX’s World Class Bluegrass concert series, and at the Carter Family Fold. Carson has had the honor of playing on national TV as a guest on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He played with Jimmy Fortune on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate. Carson’s dream of playing on the Grand Ole Opry stage was realized in 2014 when he was invited by Ricky Skaggs to perform with him and his band Kentucky Thunder. The same year, Carson was asked to make a re-appearance at the Opry – this time with his own band. Later that year, Carson made his Ryman Auditorium debut playing again with Ricky Skaggs during the 2014 Bluegrass Nights series.
Carson says that winning trophies and getting your name in the paper is “really cool,” but that is not the main reason he works so hard at his music. “It’s all about using the talent God gave me to make people smile!” A born entertainer, Carson is a natural on stage. He and his parents live in Piney Flats, Tennessee. When Carson isn’t “fiddlin’ around,” he’s just an ordinary country boy who enjoys baseball, basketball, golf, hunting, riding his four wheeler, and going to church.
Carson’s new band, Iron Mountain, help him entertain audiences performing old time, bluegrass, and gospel music. The band consists of Carson’s father, Jamie Peters, Eric Marshall and Ben Marshall of Mount Airy, North Carolina, and Austin Tate of Marion, Virginia. Carson feels truly blessed to have these fine Christian young men in his band, and especially blessed to be playing with his dad.
Eric Marshall, who plays banjo, was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, and has loved to sing from his earliest memories. Raised in a region known for its’ traditional music, it was natural for him to be drawn to bluegrass. In his early 20s, Eric started playing banjo with his brother in the Marshall Brothers and Highroad Band. Over the past 20 years, Eric has worn almost every hat possible in a bluegrass band. From band leader to side musician, he’s best known as a traditional style banjo player, vocalist and songwriter.
Going to his first bluegrass festival at 18 months old, Ben Marshall truly grew up surrounded by music! He told his dad he wanted to play, so Eric sat Ben on a picnic table at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention, stood a bass fiddle up in front of him, and there’s been no looking back! With his God-given talent, Ben quickly became known for flawless timing and taste as an anchor for the music he played. Once comfortable with playing, Ben started singing lead and harmony, adding his abilities as a performer. Soon, Ben started playing with the youth group, Oldgrass, which has received numerous awards and realized vast exposure. Now 15 years old, Ben continues to share a love for bluegrass and gospel music as he currently plays bass and sings as a member of Iron Mountain.
Austin Tate, from Marion, Virginia, is 17 years old and plays the mandolin and sings for the band. He began playing music as eight years old. His taste in music ranges from classic rock and old country to bluegrass and gospel. He has played for many local churches, nursing homes, and venues. He has had some great opportunities to play music with some amazing bluegrass artists, including the Queen of Bluegrass – Miss Rhonda Vincent. When he isn’t picking on the bluegrass scene, Austin enjoys watching dirt track racing.
Jamie Peters plays the rhythm guitar in the band and has loved bluegrass music since starting to play guitar at age eight. After a long break from playing, his love for pickin’ was reignited when Carson began playing. In any spare time Jamie has from his full time job and picking, he loves restoring and driving old muscle cars. One of the finest musicians around, Jamie is a special blessing to everyone he meets.
Ronnie Williams, a longtime Carter Family friend, will be helping with this special concert. Ronnie is a well-loved and frequent performer at the Fold. He knew and loved Janette, visiting her regularly before her death in 2006. We’re especially grateful and honored to have Ronnie with us for this concert as well as long-time friends Tim White and Teddy Helton. Ronnie has been playing since 1975. One of his best memories is playing for Sara and Maybelle at the Fold in 1976. He remembers playing Gold Watch and Chain and Black Mountain Rag for “Mommy and Maybelle” at Janette’s request. Ronnie plays a Gibson guitar similar to Maybelle’s, and he also plays autoharp and sings beautifully. He now owns and lovingly plays Maybelle’s favorite autoharp as well as several other family instruments. Ronnie has been a friend of the Carter Family for years – covering three generations. He often visited various members of the family – a tradition he continues to this day.
Be prepared to be amazed by Carson Peters. His talent and stage presence rival the most seasoned of performers. Dancers won’t be disappointed because he’s as fine a fiddler as any that ever graced the stage of the Carter Fold. There will also be beautiful vocals, instrumentals, and gospel music – something for everyone. For more information on the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band, go to http://fiddlincarsonpeters.com.
For further information, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org or http://www.carterfamilyfold.com. 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 upcoming shows at the Fold, call 276-386-6054.