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Next Sunday, October 30th, is the 4th Annual Janette Carter Memorial Gospel Concert

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Paul Williams and the Victory TrioSunday, October 30th, 2011, at 2:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special gospel concert by Paul Williams and the Victory Trio. A fourth annual event, this concert pays tribute to Janette Carter. Admission to the concert is $15 for adults ($20 for floor seating), children ages 6 to 11 $3, under age 6 free. All seating is reserved. Tickets are available at the Mountain Music Museum in the Bristol Mall in Bristol, Virginia; the Carter Fold; and Morrell's Music in Kingsport, Tennessee. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the concert.

This special 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 are 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 who ever met her. Any tribute to her would naturally pay tribute to her strong faith.

When you see or hear the name Paul Williams, a Christian gentleman with an exceptional voice and smooth mandolin lick come to mind. Lots of bluegrass groups play bluegrass gospel, but few groups truly make you truly feel gospel music like Paul Williams and his band the Victory Trio. Paul's love for music and his faith began at the early age of nine when his father bought him an A model Gibson mandolin to play in prayer meetings and church services. Now retired, Paul travels all over the country performing at churches, festivals, and benefits.

Paul began his legendary career with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in the 1950s. He later became one of Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys, doing a great deal of song writing and recording. Some of the songs he wrote during this time -- "I Like to Hear Them Preach It," "Prayer Bells in Heaven," and "Don't Cry to Me" are bluegrass gospel music classics. Although he retired from the bluegrass circuit in 1963, Paul continued to write songs and play in churches and radio broadcasts for the next thirty-three years.

In 1995, Paul formed the Victory Trio and played in churches around Morristown, Tennessee -- his hometown. An immediate regional success, it took four years for the group to achieve national recognition. In 2000, their second self-produced recording Old Ways & Old Paths was re-released on Rebel Records. It was nominated for a Grammy that year in the Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album category. Since then they have received multiple nominations from SPBGMA and IBMA. In February, 2007, they captured SPBGMA's Bluegrass Traditional Group of the Year.

Few artists producing bluegrass gospel today are as prolific as Paul Williams & the Victory Trio. Paul has released a dozen albums and CDs. 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 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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