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Lonesome Will Mullins at Carter Family Fold Nov 30

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Lonesome Will Mullins BandLonesome Will Mullins grew up near Clintwood, Virginia, in a house that was filled with family musicians and plenty of bluegrass, old time, and country music. He learned to play the banjo and guitar as a teenager, and before long he was playing in several bands while honing his trade by studying the work of bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, and Dr. Ralph Stanley. To say he learned well would be an understatement. Saturday, November 30th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. At 7:00 p.m., there will be a special set of Carter Family music with special guest Ronnie Williams. In addition, the music center and the Virginia Playboys will be collecting toys for local, needy children at Christmas that night. Anyone attending the concert wishing to participate in the toy drive should bring an unwrapped toy.

Today, Lonesome Will is one of the most accomplished singers and musicians around. Also influenced by Jerry Lee Lewis, he mixes traditional bluegrass music with a breathtakingly energetic stage show. Backed by the Virginia Playboys, the show will be jam-packed with hard driving bluegrass, old time clawhammer banjo, and gospel music. When Lonesome Will takes the stage, audiences are swept away by his range, talent, and showmanship.

The Virginia Playboys will be backing Lonesome Will. The Burrows brothers – Adam and Jake – and Dorse Sears are the Virginia Playboys. From the mountains of North Carolina, Jake and Adam Burrows have a history of bluegrass in their family. The McPherson Brothers Band, who played on the Grand Ole Opry and shows with the great Jim and Jesse McReynolds in the ‘60s are their uncles. Their love of bluegrass began there, and they’ve learned well. Jake and Adam can play pretty much any instrument they pick up. Dorse Sears grew up in West Virginia and developed a love of bluegrass music as a young man. Captivated by the music of Jimmy Martin and Ralph Stanley, he began his career playing fiddle. When he picked up the mandolin, however, he simply couldn’t put it down. His playing is heavily influenced by Bill Monroe and Ronnie McCoury.

Ronnie Williams has been playing since 1975. One of his best memories is playing for Sara and Maybelle at the Fold in 1976. He remembers playing Gold Watch and Chain and Black Mountain Rag for “Mommy and Maybelle” at Janette’s request. Ronnie plays a Gibson guitar similar to Maybelle’s, and he also plays autoharp and sings beautifully. He’s been a friend of the Carter Family for years, and often visited various members of the family – a tradition he continues to this day. A great cook, Ronnie often helps out in the Fold’s kitchen. You won’t find anyone who knows more about the Carter Family and their music or anyone who plays it with more reverence and skill than Ronnie Williams does.

For some of the best bluegrass, old time, gospel – and Carter Family - music you’ll ever hear, don’t miss Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys with special guest Ronnie Williams at the Carter Family Fold. Over the past several years, Will has become a favorite of Fold audiences. He captivates his fans, and he holds his audiences spellbound. Performing officially since 2006, Will has released four CDs. For additional information, go to www.lonesomewill.com/. Bring along your dancing shoes, a toy for needy children, and be prepared for an evening of fun-filled entertainment!

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 http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://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 http://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 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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