Tonight at 8 the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Va., will host a free concert and CD release party for the newest CD by Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys. Titled “Fly me to Frisco,” it was recorded at the Grammy award winning Maggard Studio. The CD features classic bluegrass, some old time tunes, clawhammer numbers, and gospel.
Lonesome Will 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 Virginia Playboys will be backing Lonesome Will. The Burrows brothers – Adam and Jake – are the Virginia Playboys. From the mountains of North Carolina, Jake and Adam Burrows have a history of bluegrass in their family. The McPherson Brothers Band, who played on the Grand Ole Opry and shows with the great 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. Gary Moore will lend his vocal talent and be featured on mandolin.
For additional information, go to www.lonesomewill.com.
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org.