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Footstompin’ Friday Features Raymond & Ruth McLain and Friends

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Raymond McLainHiltons, VA -- 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. Friday, August 8th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Raymond and Ruth McLain and Friends as part of our Footstompin’ Friday series. Backing them up will be some of Kentucky’s finest musicians. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

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.

Ruth McLain has performed with the McLain Family Band from the time it was created by her father. Raymond McLain, Sr., was the director of Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, Kentucky. He studied folk music at Harvard and later at the University of North Carolina. His mother was also a significant figure in American folk music, having been director of Southern Folk Life Studies at the University of Alabama.

While at Hindman, he formed a band with his son Raymond, Jr., and daughters Ruth and Alice. The band made over 14 international tours, played at the Grand Ole’ Opry, at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and performed with many orchestras and symphonies over the years. The family band broke up in 1989, but reformed for concerts over the years – many of them at the Fold. Ruth’s voice is spell-binding. She’s a songwriter and plays a mean bass as well.

Having the McLains at the Carter Family Fold is like homecoming. There will be something for everyone – first-rate fiddling; powerful, haunting vocals; and some of the most amazing instrumentals you can imagine. Come on out to the Carter Family Fold to see Raymond and Ruth McLain and Friends. Be ready to dance and have some good, clean family fun. For more information on the McLains, go to

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 – @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.

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