Established by Jay and Carol Dixon and the Southwest Virginia Community Foundation, the event aims to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its music. Five performers will take the stage throughout the fast-paced, fun-filled evening.
When and where
Clinch Mountain Music Fest will be held entirely at the Carter Family Fold on April 27. Admission is $12 for adults, $3 for children 6-11 and free for children under 6.
Doors at the Carter Fold open at 4 p.m., and the shows kick off at 5 p.m. The Carter Family Museum and the A.P. Carter birthplace cabin will be open from 4-5 p.m.
Five groups will be featured: Ronnie Williams and Lorrie Carter Bennett; Mountain Park Old Time Band; Southern Pride with Leon Frost; Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny; and the Spencer’s family band, the Whitetop Mountain Band.
Ronnie and Lorrie will perform Carter family music, while the other bands will showcase old-time mountain music. More information about the performers is available on their websites or on YouTube.
As in years past, this year’s festival is once again dedicated to Jay Dixon, who chaired the festival for five years and passed away in January 2012.
Dixon was dedicated to improving Scott County by establishing the Southwest Virginia Community Foundation and Clinch Mountain Music Fest and taking on the monumental task of refurbishing Bush Mill. The foundation continues to flourish under the guidance of Jay’s wife, Carol, who also finished the work he’d begun at Bush Mill.
Carter Family Memorial Music Center is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic mountain music. For more information, visit www.carterfamilyfold.org. To speak to a Fold volunteer staff member, call (276) 594-0676.