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Special Janette Carter Memorial Gospel Concert Nov 16th

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The VW BoysSunday, November 16th, 2014, at 2:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special gospel concert by Tim White and the VW Boys & Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder. 2014 marks the seventh annual gospel event in honor of Janette Carter. This year’s concert will also pay tribute to the late Larry McPeak who passed away earlier this year. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children ages 6 to 11 $3, under age 6 free. Tickets will be available only at the door on the day of the concert. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m.

This show is being presented as a tribute to Janette Carter – founder of the Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc. Janette began presenting shows of old time and bluegrass music in 1974 in tribute to the Original Carter Family. She started the shows as a result of a promise she made to her dying father – A.P. Carter. A.P. asked her to keep his music alive, and she promised him she would try. The Carter Family Fold, the Carter Family Museum, and the A.P. Carter birthplace cabin stand today as a lasting tribute to the culmination of that promise. Despite the fact that Janette didn’t finish high school, she founded one of the first rural arts organizations in the U.S., established a museum, and preserved the musical legacy of the Carter Family – the first family of country music – for generations to come. A steadfast, life-long Christian, Janette was an inspiration to everyone she met. Any tribute to her would naturally pay homage to her strong faith.

Larry McPeak was a founding member of the VW boys back in 1997. Even though he continued to play dates with the famous McPeak Brothers, he was committed to Tim White and Dave Vaught as a VW Boy performing music, magic and comedy. Larry was a tremendous songwriter for the McPeaks as well and the VW boys. Larry truly loved bluegrass music and the people who surrounded it. Larry received a liver transplant in 2001 after a long struggle with health issues. Fans of Larry’s pooled their resources over a one year period from year 2000 until 2021 and raised over $ 90,000 to put Larry and two others on the transplant list to receive transplants. Larry’s transplant was very successful. Larry lived a good ten years with his “new liver” but living with the anti-rejection medicines his kidneys eventually failed. He left the VW Boys in 2010 after collapsing on stage at a performance. Larry eventually went on dialysis three days a week and oxygen 24/7. He fought a brave battle because he loved life and the people in bluegrass music. Larry passed away in September 2014.

The VW Boys is an idea shared by Tim White and Dave Vaught. Veterans of the entertainment world, Tim and Dave have combined their talents along with another friend, Larry McPeak and eventually, Fat Albert Blackburn, to put together a show that appeals to all age groups. Children, teenagers, young and middle age adults, as well as senior adults, love the VW Boys.

The VW Boys’ home is located in the Bristol, VA/TN region. They have traveled all over the east coast spreading their music. They boast seven recordings to this point – with many original compositions. The VW Boys performed as regulars at Dollywood. They’ve opened for Jerry Clower, Don Knotts, and George “Goober” Lindsey. They’ve worked with bluegrass artists like Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Jim and Jesse, Allison Krauss, Tom T. Hall, and many others.

The VW Boys performed in Washington, D. C., at the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and at the Kennedy Center in our nation’s capital. They recently performed at the Ford Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Country Music Hall of Fame. They also released their 8th recording titled Listen to the Music which included guest appearances by Lou Reid, Hunter Berry, Travis Houch, and Leon Frost. The VW Boys are proud to be recording on the Mountain Roads Recordings label. Mountain Roads website is www.mountainroadsrecordings.com. Many people across America also recognize Tim White of the VW Boys as the host of Song of the Moutains – the nationally syndicated concert series seen on PBS each week. “We love our music and share it everywhere we can,” states Tim. For additional information, go to www.vwboys.com.

Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder will also perform. Adam, 17-year old mandolin player, has headed up his own band since the age of 13, in 2009. He didn’t have to look beyond the blue ridge mountains of home for the sound he was searching for - the rich blend of harmonies from his dad, Mike McPeak. Steve Chrisley lends his deep rich baritone and picking on the five string banjo. Marlon Dean saws out the fiddle breaks and plays twin and harmony fiddle with Nikki Wright as she is putting out the rich and powerful vocals on both lead and harmony. David Chrisley holds them all together on the bass fiddle.

Adam McPeak & his band Mountain Thunder have won multiple SPBGMA awards. In addition, they have won awards at the Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Union Grove Fiddlers Convention, and in the Crooked Road Regional Band Competition. They have also won numerous other band and individual awards. For more information on the group, go to www.adammcpeak.com

For some of the most beautiful gospel music this side of Heaven, make plans to join us for this special tribute concert. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Janette Carter Memorial Endowment Fund and the Carter Music Center. Established in 2007 by the Center’s board of directors and attorney, the fund was set up to insure that Janette’s vision of preserving old time mountain music will continue for generations to come.

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.

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