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Dale Jett & Hello Stranger at Northeast State

Staff Report • Aug 8, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Singer and musician Dale Jett and Hello Stranger take the stage at Northeast State Community College on Saturday, Aug. 10 in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts, located on the college’s main campus in Blountville, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The performance of Jett and Hello Stranger is part of the college’s Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series. The show is free and open to the public. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Jett is a third-generation member of the legendary Carter Family and a native of Southwest Virginia. The son of Janette Carter, the grandson of A.P. and Sara Carter, Jett’s roots have been heavily steeped within the heart of his family’s musical heritage. He helped emcee and Hello Stranger performed at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Va., for many years.

Growing up within the Carter Family, Jett has been influenced by many musicians and styles of music. He began playing guitar in his late teens when Elizabeth Cotten taught him his first chords — left handed, upside down. Later, he added his own style of autoharp playing to his repertoire. His performances and recordings encompass a unique combination of traditional songs blended with a mix of others that extend the boundaries of conventional country.

Hello Stranger features Teresa Jett on bass, and Oscar Harris playing guitar, mandolin and autoharp. They have appeared on Mountain Stage, The Marty Stuart Show, The Grand Ole Opry, and other TV and radio shows. They have also performed at festivals, concerts, colleges, workshops, private gatherings around the country and in Canada.

For more information about the Hot Nights, Cool Music series, visit www.NortheastState.edu or contact jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.

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