Carson Peters & Iron Mountain will bring their heartfelt old-time, bluegrass, and gospel music to the Blue Ridge and Beyond Series at the Historic Earle Theatre on Saturday.
Carson started playing the fiddle at the age of 3 when his parents bought him a 1/8 size fiddle. By age 4, he was playing in fiddle competitions and jamming at festivals and he’s never stopped.
“At 12, Carson is a seasoned performer having played Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival, Dollywood’s Bluegrass and BBQ, Asheville’s Bluegrass First Class, Song of the Mountains, the Carter Family Fold, and the Grand Ole Opry,” according to information released by the group. “He has also appeared on national television as a guest on The Tonight Show and Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey.”
Iron Mountain is made up of Jamie Peters, Carson’s father; Eric and Ben Marshall, of Mount Airy; and Austin Tate.
Jamie Peters, on the guitar, has loved bluegrass music since he started playing at age 8. He took a long break from playing, but his love was reignited when Carson began playing. Father and son have been making music together ever since.
Growing up in Mount Airy, Eric Marshall, on the banjo, was drawn to bluegrass at an early age. A singer in the beginning, in his early 20s he started playing banjo with his brother in The Marshall Brothers and Highroad Band. Over the years he became known for his banjo playing as well as his singing and songwriting.
In 2010, his son, Ben, joined him on stage and yet another musical journey began. Ben Marshall, on bass, began going to bluegrass festivals with his father at the age of 18 months. Steeped in the tradition as he was, it was no surprise when Ben, age 8, told his father he wanted to play. Ben quickly became known for flawless timing and taste as an anchor for the music he played. Soon, he was singing, as well, and started playing with the award-winning youth group Oldgrass.
Austin Tate, on the mandolin, also began playing music at age 8 and his playing in churches, nursing homes and restaurants led to some great opportunities, like playing with Rhonda Vincent.
Carson Peters & Iron Mountain are performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Earle Theatre, 142 North Main Street. General admission tickets are $10 and available online (www.surryarts.org), by phone (336-786-7998) or at the box office prior to the concert. For additional information, contact Dana at [email protected] or (336) 786-7998.