Carson Peters & Iron Mountain will bring their heartfelt old-time, bluegrass, and gospel music to the Historic Earle Theatre Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Peters started playing 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. He has 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.
In addition, 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, of Marion, Virginia. Jamie Peters, who plays guitar for the band, 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.
Eric Marshall, who plays banjo, was drawn to bluegrass at an early age growing up in Mount Airy. A singer in the beginning, Eric started playing banjo with his brother in The Marshall Brothers and Highroad Band. Over the years, he became known for his singing and songwriting as well as his banjo playing.
In 2010, Ben Marshall joined his father, Eric, on stage and another family musical collaboration began. Ben had been going to festivals with his father since the age of 18 months, so it was no surprise when he said, at age 8, that he wanted to play. Playing bass, Ben quickly became known for flawless timing.
Austin Tate, who plays mandolin, also began playing music at age 8. His playing in churches, nursing homes, and restaurants led to some great opportunities, like playing with Rhonda Vincent.
Tickets for Saturday’s show at the Historic Earle Theatre are $15 for orchestra seating or $10 for balcony seating and can be purchased online at www.surryarts.org, by phone at 336-786-7998, or at the box office prior to the concert, if still available. For additional information, contact Antonia Cawley at [email protected] or 336-786-7998.