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Carter Fold Presents Grayson Highlands Band with Adam Steffey

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Adam SteffeySaturday, December 26th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Grayson Highlands Band with special guest Adam Steffey. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

The Grayson Highlands Band, from the Jefferson, North Carolina area, plays a variety of old time music, ranging from rousing fiddle tunes to traditional songs and ballads. They are regulars at the Christmas in July Festival, the Albert Hash Festival, the Rugby Fall Festival, the Greater Lansing Area Festival, and the Wayne Henderson Festival. They have also been the guest band on the Gary Poe Live radio show several times, and have won numerous awards at regional fiddlers’ conventions.

Tina Trianosky Steffey is a multi-talented musician who plays the claw hammer banjo for the group. She also plays bass, guitar, and fiddle - and she is an award-winning flatfoot dancer. Tina has won first place in claw hammer banjo at many area contests, including the world’s largest - the Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, Virginia.. Tina was featured on the debut release by guitar virtuoso Clay Jones - Mountain Tradition. She is married to Adam Steffey. They are parents to two beautiful twin boys – A.P. & Riley. A.P. & Riley’s first visit to a music venue was to the Fold, and we hope they’ll be coming to the show.

An east Tennessee native, Adam Steffey found a place in the Tennessee-Virginia border area’s thriving bluegrass scene in short order, serving early stints with the Lonesome River Band (Dan Tyminski was his replacement there) and then helping to found the near legendary group, Dusty Miller, along with Barry Bales and guitarist Tim Stafford. The three jumped to the big time together when Alison Krauss recruited them into Union Station; and for nearly seven years, Steffey lived the life of a high profile musician as the band earned Grammy awards and IBMA trophies, toured extensively, made national TV appearances, and recorded albums that reached far beyond the core bluegrass audience. Yet by 1998, the restless side of Steffey’s spirit made itself felt when he left the group and, after helping to lay plans for what later became Mountain Heart, joined the bluegrass gospel group The Isaacs – a setting in which he played a different role. During his years with Alison Krauss and Union Station, Adam became good friends with Dan Tyminski - thus leading to a slot as mandolin player for the Dan Tyminski Band. Adam is also an in-demand session player and has recorded with numerous artists from various genres. He has received the mandolin player of the year award five times from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and is a Grammy award winner. Adam credits visits with his Grandpa to the Fold when he was a young man with sparking his interest in bluegrass.

Susan Trianosky, Tina’s mother, is featured on acoustic bass, guitar, and vocals. She was a founding member of the Appalachian Mountain Girls, an all-girl old time band, prior to joining the Grayson Highlands Band.

Paul Trianosky, Susan’s husband, plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony. He has played with some well-known bluegrass bands, including the McPeak Brothers, Southern Rail, and Blue Plate Special, as well as having a number of original songs published and recorded by various artists.

Jerry Smith, Susan’s father and Tina’s grandfather, is the leader of the band, playing guitar and acoustic bass. Jerry has been in the band 18 years, calling square dances and providing lead vocals and emcee work.

Rhoda Kemp is an award-winning musician who plays acoustic bass with the Grayson Highlands Band. Rhoda has performed on banjo, autoharp, guitar, and vocals with a number of well-known regional bands including the Original Orchard Grass Band and the Clifton Family Band.

The band will be bringing along a fiddler, so you can be sure there will be lots of dance tunes.

For some of the best old time music around, don’t miss the Grayson Highlands Band at the Carter Family Fold. Bring along your dancing shoes, and join us for an evening of fun-filled family entertainment by one of the best old time family bands you’ll ever see.

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.

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