From left to right Don Rigsby, Jason Carter honoree, Sen. Robin Webb, Jerry , Judge Bobby Carpenter
By Portia Williams
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. – Country Music Highway 23 in Greenup County, Ky., will soon be adorned with another famous name in country music. An induction and sign unveiling was held on Wednesday to add the name of Jason Carter, Grammy Award-winning fiddler to the highway trail of famous Kentucky musicians. The induction ceremony was conducted by Sen. Robin Webb.
Carter, a Lloyd native and Bluegrass musician, has played for the nationally-known, Grammy-winning The Del McCoury Band for more than 20 years. Carter said it is an honor to be recognized in his hometown. Carter is the son of Bruce and Sue Carter, and has a brother, Jeff who were all present at the induction.
“This is such a great honor. So many wonderful musicians come from this part of the country,” Carter said. “I grew up just about one block from here, and having my own community to offer there support like this is just an amazing thing.”
Something Carter admires most about his musical career is the opportunity to meet a variety of people.
“I get to travel the world, I’ve played in Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, and so many places,” Carter said. “It is great to get to meet so many different people and to make a connection with my audience, and hopefully put a smile on someone’s face.
Senator Robin Webb, D-Grayson, said Carter is highly esteemed and appreciated in Kentucky.
“It is just a great day. It is a great day for Bluegrass music, and for the community at large,” Webb said. “The Country Music Highway is important to me because I have a lot of friends on it. I have been a part of the music industry for a long time, and to bring one of my constituents of who I am a big fan, because he has some local prominence. We really appreciate him and his talent here at home.”
Jerry Deaton, Legislative Liaison for the Kentucky Tourism Arts and Heritage Council was present, and said Carter is very deserving of the recognition.
“I was representing Secretary Bob Stewart, who is currently in England with the Governor. Secretary Stewart was instrumental in getting the Country Music Highway initiated back in the late ‘80’s,” Deaton said. “So he definitely would have been here today if he could have. From what I have seen and heard from Mr. Carter, he definitely deserves to have a sign on the Highway like everybody else.”
Don Rigsby, also a Grammy-Award winning artist and friend of Carter, had the group to join in as he sang ‘Amazing Grace’. Special proclamations and certificates were given to Carter by Judge Bobby Carpenter and Webb. Additionally, Carpenter shared of his knowledge and past experiences with Carter when he was a young boy.
Bobby Hall, PVA rendered the invocation, and the National Anthem was sung by Morgan Casto.
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