The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band to play Saturday night


The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band will be at the Historic Earle Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This will be the band’s first time performing a full concert at the Earle.

At 11 years of age, Carson Peters, or “Fiddlin’ Carson Peters” as he is becoming known, is a true musical prodigy. His parents, Jamie and Robin Peters, of Piney Flats, Tennessee, realized their son’s talents at the age of 2, when he taught himself “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” on a ukulele his grandmother gave him.

Carson is now a seasoned performer playing numerous venues with his band throughout the region; Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Dollywood’s Bluegrass and BBQ, Asheville’s Bluegrass First Class, and Song of the Mountains, to name a few. He won first place in fiddle at the Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention, youth division, when he was 4 years old. Carson also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Betty White. He made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Sept. 13, 2014, where he played “Blue Moon of Kentucky” with Ricky Skaggs.

The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band consists of Tom and Bobbie Dier from Green County, Tennessee and Carson’s father, Jamie Peters, who plays the rhythm guitar. Tom Bier plays the bass or “big fiddle” as Carson calls it. In addition to playing bass for the band, he is a writer and loves to farm on their property in Greene County. Bobbie Dier is a musician and has been an avid bluegrass and old-time music fan for many years. Besides playing the mandolin for more than 30 years, she also plays banjo, guitar, and mountain dulcimer.

Admission to the performance is $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, or at the Earle Box office that will open at 6:30 pm on Saturday evening, one hour before the performance. For more information visit www.surryarts.org or call 336-786-7998.

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