Saturday, March 18th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by IIIrd Tyme Out. Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, with children 10 and under free. This concert is part of the group’s 25th anniversary tour and celebration – Tyme for 25.
While many bands have come and gone since that May in 1991, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have endured. In the process, they’ve managed to climb to the top not just once, but twice – winning a slew of IBMA vocal awards, including two Male Vocalist of the Year honors in the mid and late 1990s, then persevering through rough times to see Moore recapture the Male Vocalist trophy for three more years.
Along the way, they’ve made a whole new generation of fans, and with the release of Timeless Hits From The Past… BLUEGRASSED for the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and their latest self-produced album, It’s About Time, the quintet are poised to deliver their distinctive kind of music more widely than ever. For Moore, it’s been a long journey from his childhood Texas home. Raised in Pasadena, near Houston, he heard a lot of country music growing up – “I was five miles from Gilley’s right during the Urban Cowboy craze,” he notes – but it was bluegrass that really turned his head as he moved into his teen years. “Bluegrass was accessible,” he recalls. “The bands, the musicians, they were so approachable – and even though we weren’t in the bluegrass mainstream geographically, I was able to see artists like Bill Monroe, Larry Sparks, and the Lewis Family, and you could just be around them. That was intriguing to me.”
Within a few years, Russell was playing mandolin in a regional band, and by the time he was in his early 20s, he had teamed up with a couple of like-minded youngsters to create the band Southern Connection, making the move to North Carolina to pursue bluegrass success – though it turned out that when he first found it, it was actually as a guitar-playing sideman. Joining Bluegrass Hall of Famer Doyle Lawson and his now legendary band, Quicksilver, Moore quickly found himself in the bluegrass forefront, remaining there with Lawson through six years and as many bluegrass and bluegrass gospel albums. And though his time with Doyle & Quicksilver barely overlapped the establishment of the IBMA’s awards, Moore shared in the first of many to come when the group took home the Song Of The Year crystal in 1990 for “The Little Mountain Church House.”
The Center is a family-friendly, alcohol and drug free venue. For further information on the center, go to our web sites at www.carterfamilyfold.org or www.carterfamilyfold.com. To speak to a volunteer Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.