Carson Peters returns to the Carter Family Fold
Saturday, March 25th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Fiddlin’ Carson Peters & Iron Mountain. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $2, under age 6 free. This concert will mark Carson’s third performance at the Fold with his new group, Iron Mountain.
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. In 2010, Eric’s son, Ben, joined him on stage for the first time and started a new path for Eric’s musical journey as a father/son duet where his new name was simply
“Ben’s Daddy!” These days, Eric continues to share his talent and his bluegrass style performing with Iron Mountain.
Going to his first bluegrass festival at 18 months old, Ben Marshall truly grew up surrounded by music! Stories of Ben being held by his father on stage as the elder would play and sing show how the seed was planted. Ben first started playing at eight years old. 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. Most important to him, he says, is his relationship with God. Austin thanks Him for his ability to play music and also for blessing him with a wonderful and supportive family.
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. A true old time southern gentleman, Jamie sets a high standard. He and his family have been a wonderful blessing to the Carter Fold Family.
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://www.carsonandironmt.
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information, go tohttp://www.carterfamilyfold.