Saturday, November 23rd, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Folk Soul Revival. Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $2 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free. Doors open at 6 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-serve.
Formed in southwestern Virginia in 2008, Folk Soul Revival has spent a decade growing a wide audience both at home (where they have become a regular presence at local institutions like the Fold, FloydFest, and other venues). They’re road warriors, logging roughly 100 performances a year. In addition, they have full time jobs and families that are every bit as delightful as the boys are. On the road though, their tours always lead back to Bristol, the group’s birthplace, home, and muse. Many of the life lessons that lurk inside Folk Soul Revival and their music can be traced back to Bristol.
Our songs are stories of home says frontman and chief songwriter Daniel Davis who shares the band’s lineup with Justin Venable (baritone guitar, vocals, & occasional songwriting duties), Brandon Sturgill (upright bass, & bass guitar), Chad Light (guitar, pedal steel, & banjo), and Justin Louthian (drums & vocals). “We’re all backwoods country people who grew up in this area,” he adds, “listening to bluegrass and country. That’s where we come from, and that’s where our music comes from, too.”
With songs about blue-collar jobs, long workweeks, wise-cracking bartenders, messy breakups, and richly-deserved weekends, Folk Soul Revival sources its’ material from the everyday lives of rural Americans. Their music is biographical, and while the stories may be specific to Folk Soul Revival, they’ll sound familiar to anyone who hails from the country’s forgotten pockets. Folk Soul songs are about front porches, back roads, and Friday night football games, sketching a picture that’s quintessentially the south.
Folk Soul has collaborated with folksinger Leah Blevins, the McCrary Sisters Grammy Award winners Chad Brown and Barry Bales, Ryan Adams, and Hayes Carll on their newest release. Crucial to the group’s soaring progress are two new membersJustin Louthian, a versatile percussionist capable of train beats, rock patterns, and everything in between and Chad Light. Chad, whose electric guitar riffs take center stage on multiple tracks, and Justin help Folk Soul Revival bridge the gap between the organic punch of a string band and the electrified stomp of a country-rock act.
With their newest release, Folk Soul Revival takes the band to new heights, merging classic influences and timeless twang with a modern, musical approach. Unlike any other band you have seen, a Folk Soul Revival concert is consistently eventful and features strong songwriting, spot on vocals, earthy instrumentation, and an unreserved honesty.
While at first glance Folk Soul Revival may not seem like the typical band you would expect to see at the Carter Fold, they exemplify where the music of our region began and how it will always be the basis of other music that followed – bluegrass, country, and rock. Expect to see the family-oriented show the Fold is known for – no alcohol permitted. Folk Soul fans often attend shows that are standing room only. With seating for over 800, they won’t have that problem at the Fold. Both Fold regulars and Folk Soul Revival fans love to dance…and FSR’s uplifting energy and song selection will keep everyone dancing the night away! We have the largest dance floor in the Tri-Cities and can easily accommodate fans who love to dance to the music of Folk Soul.
Folk Soul Revival is one of southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee’s most beloved and sought-after acts. Doing some of the best harmony-drenched, boot stomping, rowdy and rootsy acoustic music from right here in the Appalachian Mountains, their diversity, creativity, and passion are evident to anyone who’s ever seen them perform. The list of their accomplishments and awards won will astound you. They will, too.
Bring along your friends and celebrate all that makes our mountain region so unique, heartwarming, and unforgettable. Don’t miss Folk Soul Revival at one of our region’s most historic venues. Their first show in September of 2012 packed the house, and their subsequent performances at the Fold have been the same. The band performed at two Carter Family Festivals. Most recently, they opened this year’s Appalachia Rising concert at the Fold for Marty Stuart. The Carter Fold and Folk Soul Revival – it just doesn’t get any better than that! The Fold takes on a special air of excitement when Folk Soul is scheduled to perform – & it’s hard to wipe the smile off Rita’s face when they do.
Not only is their music beloved by Fold audiences, they are, too. For more information on Folk Soul Revival, go to http://www.folksoulrevival.com/. You can also check them out on Myspace, Facebook and YouTube.
Carter Family Memorial Music Center is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic mountain music. The center is a family-friendly, drug and alcohol free venue. In addition to the performance area, we maintain Carter Family Museum and the A.P. Carter birthplace cabin. Both the cabin and the museum are historic landmarks. For more information on the center, go to our site on the internet – www.carterfamilyfold.org/. Partial program funding for programs is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Marketing and technical assistance are provided by Virginia Tourism Corporation. To access recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. We can be found on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold volunteer staff member, call 276-594-0676. If we don’t answer you right away, we’ll get back to you in 24 hours. The Center is only open Saturday nights, and we are run by volunteer staff.