An Evening w/ Blue Highway & The Fiddlin- Carson Peters Band on Friday January 16, 2015 in KINGSPORT

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An Evening w/ Grammy nominated contemporary bluegrass band Blue Highway w/ The Fiddlin Carson Peters Band on January 16, 2015 in Kingsport!

WHEN: Friday January 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm

WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre in Kingsport, Tennessee

COST: Reserved Seats $25‚  Book now: www.EngageKingsport.com or call (423) 392-8415

KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport present an evening with Grammy nominated contemporary bluegrass band Blue Highway and special guest The Fiddlin Carson Peters Band on FRIDAY January 16, 2015 at the beautiful Renaissance Arts Center Theatre in Kingsport. This show will open the‚  Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series of 2015.‚  All tickets are for reserved seats and available now at www.EngageKingsport.com or by calling the Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414.

At the 20-year mark, Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The bands‚ eleven exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994. That first performance featured the same musicians that comprise Blue Highway today, making their 20th anniversary all the more remarkable.

With a deep bench of virtuosic songwriters, vocalists and instrumentalists, Blue Highways hallmark is an unwavering commitment to the ensemble, the democracy of the band that makes Blue Highway a powerhouse. Individually, Jason Burleson (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Tim Stafford (guitar, vocals), and Wayne Taylor (bass, vocals) are masters of their respective roles. Together, in Staffords words, they are a democracy in the best sense of the word: five gifted artists selflessly merging their talents into a seamlessly brilliant group sound. As a result, the band moves from strength to strength, more mature and impressive with each new album.

Blue Highway has five gifted writers in its ranks. Rob and Jason turn out the heart-pounding instrumentals, while Shawn, Tim and Wayne give Blue Highway a depth of songwriting talent unprecedented in sixty years of bluegrass bands. With eleven highly-acclaimed albums to its credit, Blue Highway has garnered two Grammy nominations, a Dove Award, topped the Bluegrass Unlimited radio charts, and won numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards. Refusing to coast on past glories, Blue Highway continues to push its music to new levels of accomplishment. Artfully balanced between tradition and innovation, it remains in the forefront of contemporary bluegrass music.

Opening act:‚  The Fiddlin Carson Peters Band

Ten year old Carson Peters, or Fiddlin Carson Peters, as he is becoming known, started playing the fiddle at the ripe old 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 musical festivals.‚  Carson has continued to hone the fiddlin and singing talents that God has so graciously blessed him with and has won many competitions along the way.‚  At ten years old, Carson is a seasoned performer playing numerous venues with his band throughout the region; Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Dollywoods Bluegrass and BBQ, Ashevilles Bluegrass First Class, Song of the Mountains and WDVXs World Class Bluegrass concert series to name a few.

Carson has also had the honor to play on national TV as a guest on NBCs The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as play with Jimmy Fortune on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate.‚  On March 28th of 2014, Carsons dream of playing on the Grand Ole Opry stage was realized when he was invited by Ricky Skaggs to come and perform with him and Kentucky Thunder.‚ ‚  In May of 2014, Cason was asked to make a reappearance at the Opry, but this time with his own band.‚  On July 31st, 2014, Carson made his Ryman Auditorium debut playing with Ricky Skaggs during the 2014 Bluegrass Nights series.

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 his music.‚  Its all about using the talent GOD gave me to make people smile! Carson truly loves to entertain people!

Carson has been blessed to have a great band to help him entertain audiences at local venues around the region performing old-time, bluegrass and gospel music.‚  The band consists of Tom and Bobbie Dier from Greene County, TN and Carsons father, Jamie Peters.

You can get more info about The Fiddlin Carson Peters Band and upcoming shows at their website www.fiddlincarsonpeters.com