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Skeeter and the Skidmarks Slide in to Carter Fold August 20th

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Skeeter and the SkidmarksLike their name, the Skidmarks’ music is unique. In the world of old time music – music usually associated with barn dances and community get-togethers – this group stands out. The band was formed in the 1990s. They took a hiatus from their music briefly, but they’re now back on the road. Edwin Lacey is featured on banjo. Scott Freeman plays fiddle and mandolin. Willard Gayheart plays guitar, and Sandy Glover plays bass. Saturday, August 20th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass and old time music by Skeeter and the Skidmarks. Admission is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Willard Gayheart is a nationally-known pencil artist. The Washington Post deemed him the Norman Rockwell of Appalachia. From a childhood of Appalachian poverty, Willard has drawn from his memories to capture the very things that have given mountain people the strength to endure any adversity. Born in Hazard, Kentucky, he attended Berea College. Many of his subjects today are mountain musicians, but all his drawings are of mountain people. A self-taught artist, his heart is in his drawings. For anyone who has seen them, that goes without saying. Several of his drawings depict members of the Carter Family. Edwin Lacey is a Presbyterian minister. Scott Freeman is an old time music instructor. Sandy Glover has played with various bluegrass and old time bands.

For a fun-filled evening unique to the Appalachian Mountains, come out and see Skeeter and the Skidmarks at the Carter Family Fold. Load up your family and friends, bring along your dancing shoes, and listen to some of the best music our region has to offer.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to www.CarterFamilyFold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at www.CarterFoldShow.com.

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at TheCrookedRoad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on Saturday's concert, contact the Mountain Music Museum at 276-645-0035. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054.

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