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Fiddlin' Carson Peters to perform at Carter Family Fold

From Staff Report • Jun 27, 2016 at 1:05 PM

HILTONS, Va. — The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band will perform at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons on Saturday.

Show time is 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults; $1 for children 6 to 11; and free for children younger than 6.

There will also be a film crew for a TV pilot entitled “Where I’m From,” that focuses on Appalachia and small town America, at the Fold that evening doing interviews and filming the show.

Appalachian Trail will be special guests performing during part of the show.

Twelve-year-old Carson Peters, or “Fiddlin’ Carson Peters,” as he is best known as now, is a true musical prodigy. He is quickly making a name for himself with his fiddle by winning competitions and entertaining audiences across the region.

Carson’s family lives in Piney Flats and noticed at a very early age that he could keep time with any tune being played by clapping his hands or tapping his feet. His special talent for music became apparent after he taught himself — at just 2 years old — to play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” on a ukulele that his grandmother bought him.

While on vacation in 2006, his parents bought him a 1/8 sized fiddle at an Amish flea market in Pennsylvania, and set out in search of a teacher who would take on a child as young as Carson. He was just 3.

The search led them to Morrell Music in Johnson City and Sarah Fletcher Collins. Carson was taught by Collins for about three years. He’s currently a student of Keith Williams in Greeneville.

In 2008, Carson and his parents began attending old-time and bluegrass music festivals where Carson could hear and jam with other talented musicians, as well as compete in youth fiddle competitions.

Carson’s most noteworthy contest wins have taken place at the Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention in Mount Airy, North Carolina, where he received first place in the Youth Old-Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle and Youth Folk Song categories. He also received the most promising young talent award multiple years at this festival.

Carson was named Tennessee State Peewee Fiddle Champion for 2010 in Clarksville, Tennessee, and has also won first place in the Youth Old-Time and the Youth Bluegrass Fiddle category at the famous Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, Virginia.

Carson says winning trophies and getting your name in the newspaper is “really cool,” but that is not the main reason he works so hard at this music.

“It’s all about using the talent God gave me to make people smile,” he said.

Today, the 12-year-old Carson truly loves to entertain and is a seasoned performer, playing numerous venues throughout the region, such as Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots, Song of the Mountains and a live broadcast on WDVX in Knoxville.

Earlier this year, Carson appeared on “Little Big Shots” with Steve Harvey.

Carson’s band consists of Tom and Bobbie Dier from Greene County; and Carson’s father, Jamie Peters.

In addition to entertaining with his band, Carson plays music with his special friends, Howard and Vivian Hammonds and their gospel group, Headed Home, in churches all around the region. He also frequently entertains at area nursing homes, as well as the VA hospital in Johnson City.

For more information on the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band, visit http://fiddlincarsonpeters.com/.