On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Va., will present a concert by Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.
Mullins grew up near Clintwood, Va., in a house that was filled with family musicians and plenty of bluegrass, old time and country music. He learned to play the banjo and guitar as a teenager, and before long he was playing in several bands while honing his trade by studying the work of bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin and Dr. Ralph Stanley. To say he learned well would be an understatement.
Today, Lonesome Will is one of the most accomplished singers and musicians around. Also influenced by Jerry Lee Lewis, he mixes traditional bluegrass music with a breathtakingly energetic stage show. Backed by the Virginia Playboys, the show will be jam-packed with hard driving bluegrass, old time clawhammer banjo, and gospel music. When Lonesome Will takes the stage, audiences are swept away by his range, talent and showmanship.
The Burrows brothers — Adam and Jake -— are the Virginia Playboys. From the mountains of North Carolina, the Burrowses have a history of bluegrass in their family. The McPherson Brothers Band, who played on the Grand Ole Opry and shows with Jim and Jesse McReynolds in the ’60s, are their uncles. Their love of bluegrass began there, and they’ve learned well. Jake and Adam can play pretty much any instrument they pick up. Dorse Sears will be playing mandolin and fiddle as well as helping out on vocals. Dorse is from Clendenin, W.Va. He’s played with Ernie Thacker, James King and various bluegrass artists.
For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.