The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts in partnership with Engage Kingsport presents Carson Peters and Iron Mountain: Premier Album Release Celebration on Friday, January 27 at the Renaissance Arts Center Theatre. The band will host a fan appreciation event from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Gallery prior to the concert.
The IRON MOUNTAIN band entertains audiences performing old-time, bluegrass, and gospel music. The band consists of Carson Peters, his father Jamie Peters, Eric Marshall and Ben Marshall of Mount Airy, North Carolina and Austin Tate of Marion, Virginia.
CARSON PETERS started playing the fiddle at the ripe old age of 3 when his parents bought him a 1/8 size fiddle. By age 4, he was playing in fiddle competitions and jamming at musical festivals. At 12 years old, Carson is a seasoned performer playing numerous venues with his band throughout the region – Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Dollywood’s Bluegrass and BBQ and WDVX’s World Class Bluegrass concert series to name a few. Carson has also had the honor of playing on national TV as a guest on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey, as well as play with Jimmy Fortune on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate.
ERIC MARSHALL, who plays banjo, was born and raised 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 20’s, Marshall started playing banjo with his brother in The Marshall Brothers and Highroad Band. Over the past 20 years, he has worn almost every hat possible in a bluegrass band from band leader to side musician, but he is best known as a traditional style banjo player, vocalist and songwriter. These days, Marshall continues to share his talent and style of bluegrass music as he performs with Iron Mountain.
BEN MARSHALL grew up surrounded by music. Stories of Ben Marshall being held by his father on stage as the elder would play and sing, tell of how the seed was planted. He told his dad he wanted to play when he was just eight years old. Ben quickly became known for flawless timing and taste as an anchor for the music he played. Once comfortable with playing, Marshall started singing lead and harmony, adding to his abilities as a performer. He 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. He plays the mandolin and sings for the band. Tate began playing music at eight years old with tastes ranging from classic rock and old country to bluegrass and gospel. He has played for many local churches, nursing homes and restaurants. He has had some great opportunities to play music with some amazing bluegrass artists, including the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent.
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 the guitar, his love for pickin’ was reignited when Carson began playing. In any spare time, Jamie also loves restoring and driving old muscle cars.
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15. Tickets are available at the door, online or in advance at the Renaissance Arts Center.
The Renaissance Arts Center Theatre is located at 1200 E. Center Street in Kingsport. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at www.engagekingsport.com or by calling 423-392-8414.
This performance is sponsored in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that cultivates the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities.