Carson Peters goes from The Voice to The Carter Fold

Carson Peters has received a lot of attention since making multiple appearances on The Voice, NBC television’s singing competition, this fall. The seventeen year-old from Piney Flats, TN, was already well known in bluegrass circles for his profound fiddle work. Here is a chance to see the talented youth perform in a special music venue. This Saturday, November 20, Carson and his band, Iron Mountain, will be playing the last show of 2021 season at the historic Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, VA. 

The ground at Carter Fold is rich in music history as the home of the legendary Carter Family. The Carter Family Memorial Music Center, a non-profit organization, serves fans and supporters of old-time country and folk music through the presentation of weekly performances. There is also a museum which honors the memory of the first family of country music, the legendary Carter Family (A.P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter), whose first recordings (in 1927) are credited with giving birth to the commercial country music industry. The Carter Family Memorial Music Center was founded by Janette Carter, daughter of A.P. and Sara, who with Sara’s cousin, Maybelle, comprised the original Carter Family. 

Carson Peters and Iron Mountain are happy to be returning to this great music venue.

Carson shared, “It is one of our favorite places to play. There is dancing and a very energetic feeling in the building every time we have every played there. It is an awesome place to come listen to our music and have some fun! I enjoy seeing all the kids that get to come and that usually hit the dance floor while we play.”

Carson’s dad, Jamie, added, “The Carter Fold is a very special place to play music. The family atmosphere is very dynamic and the feedback from the crowd energizes Carson and the band. It is an honor to get to play there given the influence the Carter Family had on bluegrass and country music. The host, Ms. Rita Forrester, a descendant of the Carter Family, is one of the sweetest ladies you will ever meet. It’s like going to have a big jam session with family.”

Band mate, Eric Marshall, agreed. “I’m excited to get to play this great venue again this coming Saturday night! If you’ve been there before, you know! If you haven’t, it’s well worth the drive! There’s just something special about the Carter Family Fold! Y’all come be with us!”

Iron Mountain includes Carson Peters (fiddle), Eric Marshall (bass and banjo), James McDowell (banjo), Austin Tate (mandolin), Ben Marshall (lead guitar), and Jamie Peters (rhythm guitar) With two father/son duos in the band, the Carter Family Fold is a perfect place for a performance by this family-oriented group.

Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 are $2, and under age 6 free. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., the show starts at 7:30 and ends around 10:00. Seating is first come, first serve. Come early to visit the museum and enjoy great food from the concessions on site.  

The Carter Family Fold is located at 449 A P Carter Hwy, Hiltons, VA. It will reopen for a new season on March 5, 2022. For more information call (276) 594-0676.

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Sandy Hatley

Sandy Chrisco Hatley is a free lance writer for several NC newspapers and Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. As a teenager, she picked banjo with an all girl band called the Happy Hollow String Band. Today, she plays dobro with her husband's band, the Hatley Family.