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Appalachian Theatre Welcomes Jason Carter & Friends January 27th

Appalachian Theatre Welcomes Jason Carter & Friends January 27th

 

Five-Time Fiddler of the Year Debuts at App Theatre on Jan. 27
BOONE, NC – In his much-anticipated Appalachian Theatre debut, three-time Grammy
and five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) “Fiddle Player of the Year”
JASON CARTER takes to the Doc Watson Stage for Americana Music at 7:30 p.m. on
Friday, January 27, 2023.

 

Jason Carter & Friends: Lowdown Hoedown Tour is the next in-person concert in
the “LIVE @AppTheatre” series taking place over the winter months of January,
February, and March 2023 at the venerable landmark on King Street in downtown Boone.
Reserved seating admission is only $20 per person, plus fees and tax.

In Lloyd, Kentucky, on U.S. 23, there’s a sign on the Country Music Highway dedicated
to renowned fiddler Jason Carter. It was placed there because of his other
accomplishments—the Grammy awards, the worldwide tours, and the many other
accolades he’s earned through his music. But for Carter, joining the legendary names
honored on that stretch of highway just might mean the most. “There’s a certain sound
that’s up there that you just don’t hear anywhere else,” he says. “I think that played a
big part in how I sound today.”

True to those Kentucky roots, Carter continues to pour all he has back into bluegrass. For
30 years, he has been the fiddle player for the Del McCoury Band, the most awarded
group in bluegrass history. He’s won three Grammy awards, including 2018’s “Best
Bluegrass Album” with the Travelin’ McCourys, of which he is a founding member. And
he’s taken home five IBMAs for “Fiddle Player of the Year,” a staggering number that isn’t
quite so crazy once you realize just how many bluegrass greats have turned to Carter for
collaboration.

As a fiddler, Carter has been featured on albums by Steve Earle, Ricky Skaggs, Dierks
Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Asleep at the Wheel, and many more, all in addition
to his tireless touring and recording with Del as well as the Travelin’ McCourys. On Carter’s
forthcoming solo album, “Lowdown Hoedown,” listeners may recognize instrumental
contributions from such legends as Jerry Douglas or Sam Bush alongside vocals from
young trailblazers like Sarah Jarosz or Billy Strings. This time, though, Carter is singing
lead.

The album’s namesake track, a good-time duet with longtime friend Dierks Bentley, plays
on Carter’s dexterity on the fiddle with a flashy solo while also showcasing his charisma
as a front man and vocalist. “Good Things Happen,” a Jamie Hartford number with vocal
harmonies from Aoife O’Donovan, marks the kind of tender moment fit for a first dance
or sweet serenade. But Lowdown Hoedown has its somber side, too.

“Dust Bowl Dream,” a wistful narrative about a depression-era farmer, builds on its slow
pace and vivid lyrical imagery with powerful harmonies from Sarah Jarosz and twin fiddles
from Carter and fellow IBMA-winning fiddle player Bronwyn Keith-Hynes. The John
Hartford tune “Six O’Clock Train” marks a slower, more ominous moment, calling in vocal
harmonies and guitar from Billy Strings.

Scattered across the album, too, are hints of the influences that have shaped Carter’s
sound throughout his life. A guitar player since childhood and a fiddler since 15 (the age
when he swore that someday he’d play in the Del McCoury Band), Carter inherited his
love for bluegrass from his father, a musician himself, and grew up playing at jams,
festivals, and campgrounds across Kentucky. After he graduated high school, he took his
talent as a fiddler on the road professionally: first with the Goins Brothers, then at 19
with the Del McCoury Band, and later with the Travelin’ McCourys.

In the decades since, he’s seen the bluegrass community evolve and expand. “The
bluegrass fans, they’re pretty loyal,” he says, noting that he’s found a similar kinship
sharing stages with jam bands like Phish and Leftover Salmon, too. “They stick behind
you, they’re there for you.” Carter mirrors that loyalty with his own: loyalty to his craft,
loyalty to the road, and loyalty to the career path he’s dreamt of since childhood. With
“Lowdown Hoedown,” Carter shares the fruits of decades’ worth of on-the-road
experience, spectacular musical sensibility, and genuine excitement for what bluegrass
can be.

Tickets for this concert are reserved seating priced at $20 each, plus fees and tax. Please
note that events, days, dates, times, performers, and prices are subject to change without
notice. For tickets and more information on all events, or to join the theatre’s eblast list
and purchase memberships, please visit the ATHC website at www.apptheatre.org.

About the Appalachian Theatre
The mission of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is to revitalize and sustain this historic
community touchstone as a quality home for diverse artists and audiences with a special focus on programs
that celebrate our distinctive Appalachian heritage and enhance our capacity to serve as an economic
catalyst for Boone and the High Country. Once a gorgeous 999-seat Art Deco movie house, the building
closed in 2007 and sat empty and gutted for years. On October 14, 2019, the Appalachian Theatre reopened
its doors after a $10 million renovation that brought the distinctive Art Deco details back to this historic
theatre and created a new 629-seat, state-of-the-art, acoustically pristine venue for live concerts, films,
plays, and dance performances. The historic Appalachian Theatre has entertained regional audiences in
the heart of downtown Boone, North Carolina since 1938. www.apptheatre.org