Ronnie Williams and Lorrie Carter Bennett

Ronnie Williams and Lorrie Carter Bennett

Apr 20, 2018 |  0 comments
Date: Apr 20, 2018 Time: 8:00 pm Price: $10 advance / $13 door Type: Traditional Country
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Ronnie Williams and the Carter Family Sound have been performing in and around the Central Virginia region for the past 25 years. Though some of the group’s members have changed over time, Ronnie has been playing and singing Carter Family music since 1975.

The Carter Family Sound has performed at many schools, churches and fairs around the area. They have also been featured performers on the television show “Song of the Mountains.” Ronnie plays the autoharp, guitar and accordion, honoring the “Carter Scratch” style of playing guitar and autoharp. It was Mother Maybelle who created the Carter Scratch style out of the necessity to play lead and rhythm parts at the same time. During Ronnie’s career, he has shared the stage at one time or another with all of the Carters as well as “adopted Carter” and June’s husband, Johnny Cash.

Ronnie is joined each year at the Carter Family Festival by Lorrie Carter Bennett, daughter of Anita. The two also collaborate for shows in the Caroline area and across the country. Besides The Fold, among the many venues Ronnie and Lorrie have played are Nashville’s Station Inn, The Johnny Cash Museum, The Nashville Palace and the historic Ashland Theater in Ashland, Va. Radio shows include Nashville’s “Midnite Jamboree” broadcast on WSM, as well as “Studio One” originating from Johnson City, Tenn.’s WETS studio. The two have appeared several times on Bristol’s “Pickin’ Porch” show and in 2016 performed at “Concert at the Caves” in Pennsylvania.

Lorrie and Carter Family friend/music collaborator Ronnie Williams have recently completed a series of performances in California as members of the cast of “Poets & Pioneers – The Birth of American Country Music.” The two have also played Nashville’s Station Inn, The Nashville Palace, the Johnny Cash Museum and countless other venues together, carrying on the legacy of the Carter Family’s music.

Lorrie often says that Ronnie “picks as close like Grandma as anyone I know.” Janette Carter’s daughter, Rita Forrester, director of The Fold in Hiltons, agrees. Rita says that Ronnie is “pure Carter Family who doesn’t only pick and sing our style, he can also cook and feed family and friends good Carter Family cookin’!”

Lorrie is a regular at the annual Carter Family Memorial Festival, an event held in Hiltons, Virginia to commemorate the Carters’ leading role in launching the country music industry. Besides that event, Lorrie has been featured during a week’s worth of International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) shows and as a judge and performer for “American Country Star.” In addition, Lorrie regularly serves as a consultant for various projects about the Carter Family.

 

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