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Bluegrass Brothers Bring Bluegrass Music to Carter Fold April 13

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Bluegrass BrothersHiltons, VA -- The Bluegrass Brothers are a high energy bluegrass band. Playing traditional style bluegrass, they grew up in bluegrass music families in Virginia. One of the finest bluegrass shows in the country, they perform from coast to coast in a soulful, heartfelt manner. In high demand on the festival circuit, they’re on the road more than they are home. SPBGMA named them instrumental group of the year in 2010. Members of the band are Victor Dowdy, Steven Dowdy, Kevin Prater, Chris Hart, and Cason Ogden. Saturday, April 13th, 2013 the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by theThe Bluegrass Brothers. Visit for more details.

Victor has been playing bluegrass music since he was seventeen years old. Starting out with the Back Creek Boys, he later joined the Meadow Creek Express Band and learned to love old time music. In 1989, he began playing with his brother, Robert. His son, Steve, would later join the group. Victor won the Virginia State Championship on bass fiddle five times, and male vocal honors three times.

Steven Dowdy plays guitar and does lead and harmony vocals for the group. Singing since he was three, he began playing bass at age seven. He picked up the guitar at age sixteen, Steve also plays mandolin. He’s played with several bands – Lock, Stock, and Barrell, Burn Ride, and Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice. He founded Southern Comfort with brother Donald and was an original member of the Locust Mountain Boys along with his dad. Steve joined the Bluegrass Brothers nine years ago.

Kevin Prater is the banjo player for the Bluegrass Brothers. He does lead and harmony vocals as well. Active in bluegrass music for over thirty years, he played banjo for the Elkhorn Grass and bass for the Timmy Cline Band. Moving back to the banjo, he joined Jerry Williamson and Redwing. Working with the James King Band, Kevin played mandolin and traveled the world. He also worked with Melvin Goins and Third Generation.

Chris Hart plays dobro for the Bluegrass Brothers. Performing from the time he was ten, Chris met Josh Graves in 1984 at a bluegrass festival and their friendship would last until Josh passed in 2006. He’s played with Josh Graves and Kenny Baker as well as with Mike Auldridge. Winning many dobro contests, Chris has been with Country Fried Grass, In the Tradition, Maury River Bluegrass Band, and others.

The newest member of the Bluegrass Brothers band is Cason Ogden. He plays mandolin for the group. If you like traditional bluegrass, you don’t want to miss the Bluegrass Brothers at the Carter Family Fold. Bring along your family and friends – and your dancing shoes! For additional information on the Bluegrass Brothers, visit their web site at

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 Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at 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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