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Volume 24, Number 9 — September 2017

Carter Fold 40th anniversary

The Carter Fold 40th Anniversary TV Special
The Carter Fold 40th Anniversary TV Special" project, which will also increase public awareness of the venue and help keep its doors open.

June 25, 2014

Monday July 28, a Kickstarter crowdsource funding campaign launches to fund the production of a half-hour television special celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Carter Fold located in Hiltons, Va., a rural non-profit music venue created to honor the musical heritage of the Carter Family widely recognized as the First Family of Country Music. The campaign ends Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Before he died in November 1960, A.P. Carter, the patriarch of the famous Carter Family, known for pioneering many of the musical styles popular in today's country, Americana, folk and even rock music genres, asked granddaughter Janette Carter to do all she could to see that the Carter Family's music was never forgotten. In 1974, Janette created a festival dedicated to the groundbreaking music of A.P., Maybelle and Sara Carter. The stage for that first festival was the flatbed of an 18-wheel truck on loan from the National Guard. After the festival, Janette began presenting shows of acoustic-only old-time and bluegrass music in the grocery her dad ran in the "40s and "50s. The shows quickly outgrew the one-room structure. In 1976, Janette — along with her siblings Joe and Gladys — built the Carter Family Fold which has hosted locals and travelers from afar every Saturday night for the past 40 years — dancing to the music of popular old-time and bluegrass bands.

"The Carter Fold is a national treasure that preserves the deep historical significance of the Carter Family and their monumental impact on multiple music genres still heard in the songs we hear today around the world," says "40th Anniversary TV Special" Executive Producer Ken White. "Even with regular packed houses, running a non-profit and meeting the bills is a constant challenge. This television special will bring awareness to the venue to help ensure The Carter Fold sees another 40 years and beyond."

For campaign details or to contribute to "The Carter Fold 40th Anniversary TV Special" project, which will also increase public awareness of the venue and help keep its doors open, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/carterfold40th.

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