Big Country Bluegrass comes to the Carter Fold

Saturday, December 7th, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Big Country Bluegrass. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Tickets are available only at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Big Country Bluegrass was formed by husband and wife Tommy and Teresa Sells in the late 1980s and took its’ name from Tommy’s coon-hunting buddy Jimmy Martin’s instrumental Big Country. The group delivers their own hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music, and it makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform. Whether it’s at a festival in Missouri, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, or at a small intimate concert in their hometown of Independence, Virginia, the band brings back memories reminiscent of the early days of bluegrass music.

All the band’s members live in and around the Virginia/Carolina Blue Ridge, and their music reflects much of the deep musical heritage found in this region. Tommy Sells plays mandolin and handles most of the emcee work. Teresa Sells plays rhythm guitar and sings lead and high harmony vocals. Eddie Gill handles most of the distinctive lead vocals and plays the guitar for the group. John Treadway plays banjo and sings harmony. Tony King plays the upright bass. Bluegrass veteran Tim Laughlin of Bristol, Tennessee, plays fiddle and sings harmony with the band.

Big Country Bluegrass plays music that has become known to many as Galax or Mt. Airy style bluegrass. It is straight ahead, hard edged bluegrass with no frills. Their rhythm and timing are solid, their instrumental work is clean and tasteful, and their vocals are from the heart.

The band has released over a dozen albums and CDs over the years. The success of Big Country Bluegrass on the bluegrass charts has helped spread the word about their traditional sound. Their Rebel recording, Memories of the Past, and its’ title cut – I’m Putting on My Leaving Shoes (written by Tom T. & Dixie Hall)garnered the prestigious # 1 spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited air-play chart. The band’s Rebel Records release Country Livin’ contained the lead cut The Bluefield West Virginia Blues which also made the same # 1 spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited air-play chart. Previous releases like The Boys in Hats and Ties and I’m Putting on My Leaving Shoes also made number one singles. Big Country’s latest release – Let Them Know I’m From Virginia – is available.

Celebrating over 30 years as a bluegrass band, Big Country Bluegrass is one of the most traditional, solid bluegrass bands around. If you love to dance or if you prefer just listening, Big Country Bluegrass won’t disappoint. A favorite of Fold audiences, they represent some of the best traditional bluegrass music the region has to offer. Don’t miss them at the Carter Family Fold! For more information on Big Country, go to their web site –

Carter Family Memorial Music Center is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic mountain music. The center is a family-friendly, drug and alcohol free venue. In addition to the performance area, we maintain Carter Family Museum and the A.P. Carter birthplace cabin. Both the cabin and the museum are historic landmarks. For more information on the center, go to our site on the internet – Partial program funding for programs is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Marketing and technical assistance are provided by Virginia Tourism Corporation. To access recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. We can be found on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold volunteer staff member, call 276-594-0676.