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8th Clinch Mountain Music Fest June 8th

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Audie blaylock and RedlineClinch Mountain Music Fest is gearing up for its eighth-annual celebration of mountain music in Scott County, Virginia, on Saturday, June 8, 2013. This year’s festival will be held at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons. The goal of Clinch Mountain Music Fest is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its music. Featuring mountain and bluegrass music of the region, Clinch Mountain Music Fest is a fan favorite.

This year’s festival is once again dedicated to Jay Dixon who chaired the festival for five years and passed away in January of 2012. The festival features special talent -- some old friends and new faces: Audie Blaylock and Redline, the McLain Family Band, Appalachian Trail, and the Town Branch Bluegrass Band.

Gates open at 12:00 noon for early seating. Admission is $15.00 per person – all day. Artisan and food vendors will be found around the grounds of the Carter Fold. The festival kicks off at 3:00 p.m. with welcoming speakers and festival history. Music starts at 3:30 p.m. with Appalachian Trail and the Town Branch Bluegrass Band at 5:00 p.m. A dinner break will allow the festival goers to visit the tents and attractions on the grounds. Music resumes at 7:00 p.m. with the McLain Family Band. Audie Blaylock and Redline will close out the festival beginning at 9:00 p.m. There will be a 15 to 30 minute break between the scheduled performers to allow sound set up. The Carter Family Museum and A.P. Carter birthplace cabin will be open from noon to 7:00 p.m.

Appalachian Trail is a union of seasoned and innovative singers, songwriters, and musicians who are breaking new ground in the bluegrass arena. Ireland, Scotland, England, Russia, Sweden, Canada, Holland, and Switzerland are some of the countries that have hosted the talents of the individuals in this band, as well as coast-to-coast here at home. Formed in 1984, the band combines strong lead vocals, tight harmonies, and distinctive picking.

Tommy Austin is no stranger to the bluegrass community. He started playing guitar and singing as a boy in local churches. Later, he moved to mandolin when he became interested in the bluegrass sound. Tommy helped organize the Rising Wind band which toured extensively in the 1980s and 1990s as well as Tennessee Skyline. Tommy has recorded with several groups, including Ray Harper, Carl Story, the Hopson Family, Trey Hensley, and the Linda Lay Cracker Barrel project. Currently he sings lead and harmony, plays mandolin, and shares the songwriting and arranging with the other members of Appalachian Trail.

Vickie Austin has been signing for audiences since age six, when she caught the performing bug by winning two dollars in a school talent show. At age thirteen, Vickie became the church pianist. She learned how to play by watching her grandmother chord an old pump organ. Traveling to local churches in the east Tennessee/southwest Virginia area as the Page Sisters, Vickie developed an extensive vocal range. Eventually joining Twin Springs Bluegrass Band, Vickie honed her skills on the upright bass. She plays bass for the group and sings lead and harmony vocals.

If you know bluegrass, Tim Laughlin is a name you probably recognize. Tim has worked with many of the bluegrass greats. While Doyle Lawson was recuperating from heart surgery, Tim filled in for the group on mandolin. He’s also played with Jim and Jesse, Lynn Morris, Dale Ann Bradley, and many others. Doing his part to continue the tradition, Tim teaches mandolin during the day. With Appalachian Trail, Tim shines on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and on harmony vocals.

As long as bluegrass music has echoed through the hills and valleys of the Appalachian region, musicians of all ages have gathered together to play and preserve their favorite style of music. This southwestern Virginia group showcases the traditional songs of yesterday, along with the driving sound of a modern style. The group began doing back porch picking and performing at local events seven years ago. Town Branch Bluegrass is now one of the region’s hottest new bands.

The group features Brandon Elkins on banjo, Bill Newman on mandolin, Peggy Ely on bass, Shirley Smith on vocals, and Jack and Wayne Bonham on guitar and vocals. For further information on the band, go to

The McLain Family Band began performing at Carter Music Center when Janette Carter first began presenting concerts in the old A.P. Carter Grocery in 1974. Raymond McLain, Sr. formed the family band in the late 1960s when his five children were very young. Mr. McLain was a Carter Family Memorial Music Center board member from the day the center was created. His son Raymond now serves on the Music Center’s board of directors in addition to serving as the Artistic Director at the Fold. Raymond is Director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University. He also performs, produces, and records.

Raymond’s 40 plus years of entertaining have taken him to performances in all 50 states and 62 foreign countries, including a tour as a musical ambassador of the U.S. State Department. For 21 years with his family band, Raymond was featured internationally at thousands of festivals and concerts and also as a soloist in appearances with over 230 orchestras. Raymond was with Jim & Jesse’s Virginia Boys for ten years. He currently performs with Canadian harmonica whiz, Mike Stevens, and with his family whenever possible. Through the years, the McLains have produced dozens of CDs and records.

McLain plays a new and unique combination of musical styles reflecting his background in bluegrass, blues, and old time country music. Backing him up will be Raymond’s siblings and their spouses – a real treat for those who remember the McLain Family Band from the earliest years of the Carter Family Fold. For more information on Raymond McLain, go to the family’s web site -

A four-time IBMA Guitar Player of the year candidate, Audie Blaylock has performed with some of bluegrass music’s most distinguished artists over the years including Jimmy Martin and Rhonda Vincent. His session work earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album and an IBMA nomination for Recorded Event of the Year for A Tribute to Jimmy Martin: The King of Bluegrass. This group project included Audie on guitar and vocals along with a stellar lineup of musicians including former Sunny Mountain Boys J.D. Crowe, Paul Williams, and Kenny Ingram. Audie has also performed with the legendary Red Allen, the Lynn Morris Band, and songwriting great Harley Allen. Audie Blaylock and Redline had the honor of being nominated for the IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006.

In October, 2007, while Blaylock was the featured artist with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, they brought home the Instrumental Group of the Year award at the 18th Annual IBMA Awards show. This particular award had previously gone to groups like Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Nickel Creek, and Del McCoury.

Born in El Paso, Texas, into a family whose roots go back to the hills of Virginia and Tennessee, Audie learned to play guitar and sing with his parents and siblings and went on to play locally in the Lansing, Michigan, area where he grew up. In 1982, at age 19, Audie joined Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys and spent nine years on the road learning the craft of bluegrass from one of the genre’s first-generation legends.

The group Redline features exceptional fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and bass players. Patrick McAvinue has been playing fiddle since he was seven and was named Deleware State Fiddling Champion two years in a row. He’s performed with Marty Stuart, J.D. Crowe, Paul Williams, Michael Cleveland, and many others. Russ Carson is the newest member of Redline. He’s been playing banjo since he was a child growing up in central Pennsylvania. Also an award-winning picker, Russ was formerly with Gold Heart. Reed Jones is Redline’s bass player. With family ties in both Kentucky and Ohio, he grew up playing and singing mostly in church. Performing professionally since he was a senior in college, Reed has also won multiple awards. Jason Wood, mandolin player for the group, grew up in North Carolina in a family steeped in musical tradition. He learned a great deal from both his father and grandfather and has performed since he was a child. Jason is particularly proud of his family’s gospel music tradition.

After three releases, Audie has settled into a traditional bluegrass style full of energy and soul that sounds as durable as bluegrass itself has proven to be over time. His mellow, wailing tenor and lightening-fast guitar picking have made him one of the names to watch in the world of traditional bluegrass. For more information on Redline, go to

Clinch Mountain Music Fest 2013 is presented by the Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc. Donations to support the continuation of our Appalachian music heritage are welcome and may be mailed to Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc., P.O. Box 111, Hiltons, Virginia, 24258, or given to our volunteer staff at the event.

Thank you to our sponsors the Scott County Virginia Star, Bryant Label Company, the Appalachian Cultural Music Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. For information on Clinch Mountain Music Fest 2013, go to the Carter Music Center web site or the Clinch Mountain Music Fest web site:

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 recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – Twitter @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.

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