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Randy Waller Carries On Country Gentlemen Tradition

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Randy Waller & the Country GentlemenHiltons, VA -- Since their formation in 1957, the Country Gentlemen have always been at the forefront of innovation and popularity in bluegrass. Trend setters from the word go, their snappy arrangements were the first to break from the established mold of the 40s and 50s. Their music was the first to be marketed to non-rural audiences in Washington, D.C., on college campuses, and in urban coffee houses during the 1960s. Through the years, the Country Gentlemen have been one of the most imitated and emulated groups around, and they have served as a source of inspiration for many bands. Saturday, August 27th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Randy Waller & the Country Gentlemen. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free.

The contemporary bluegrass music scene began with the Country Gentlemen. Charlie Waller, the founding lead singer and guitar player of the Country Gentlemen, is the one member who remained constant in the band. While many changes occurred, the Waller sound did not. The legacy he began and the impact of the Country Gentlemen will resonate with music lovers for generations to come.

Bluegrass has always been built on a solid foundation of old and new, but scarcely in such a lucky combination as with Randy Waller. Being the son of Country Gentleman legend Charlie Waller, he brings a great name and family heritage to his music. Randy belongs to the newer generation and first went his own way in the music business before returning to bluegrass. He works with the same innovation which once brought his dad to the pinnacle of the bluegrass world.

Born in 1959 in Washington, D.C., Randy grew up with the music of the Country Gentlemen, Eddie Adcock, Jimmy Gaudreau, Jerry Douglas, Doyle Lawson, and many others. In the summer, he went on tour with his dad and learned bluegrass from scratch. After school he made a career in country music, but later returned to his bluegrass family and joined the Gents in 2003. Randy has always been his Dad's greatest fan, and is an appropriate replacement for him as lead singer and guitar player. Steve Block, Adam Poindexter, and Dave Kirk -- along with Randy -- make up the new Country Gentlemen.

Dave Kirk grew up playing mandolin in his family's band and singing tenor. Besides covering tenor vocals and playing mandolin, he puts together all the vocal harmony arrangements for the Country Gentlemen.

Steve Block grew up in New York City. He discovered bluegrass music while getting a degree in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Steve plays bass and adds resonant bass vocals to the Country Gentlemen sound.

Adam Poindexter plays just about anything with strings. He plays banjo with the Country Gentlemen and has a broad vocal range. His dynamic range allows him to sing most any harmony or lead part.

The Fold was established to pay tribute to the musical legacy of a family band, and we're proud to host the music of the Waller Family and the Country Gentlemen. For an unforgettable night of some of the best bluegrass music you'll ever hear, don't miss the Country Gentlemen at the Carter Family Fold! The Gents will be bringing along a fiddle player to insure that everyone who loves to dance will not be disappointed. For more information, go to www.randywaller.com. Bluegrass just doesn't get any better than the Country Gentlemen.

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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