Nashville’s Americana musical duo at Minnihan’s in Rockton Sept. 19

Frank Carter (left) and McKenna Grace perform at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19. (Photo provided)

• The Frank Carter and McKenna Grace brother-sister musical duo will perform original songs as well as some covers

Staff Report

ROCKTON, Ill. — The Frank Carter and McKenna Grace music duo are returning home to perform a free show locally at Minnihan’s in Rockton, Ill., at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Carter, one of Nashville’s top guitar and mandolin players, and Grace, world-class vocalist and songwriter, will perform original songs as well as some covers.

The duo has been performing together full time since childhood. They have performed on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and also with such greats as Ronnie Milsap, Leanne Womack, Darius Rucker, Diamond Rio, Trace Adkins, John Prine, Bill Monroe, The Osborne Brothers, and Hootie and the Blowfish, to name but a few.

Brother Frank was offered his first record contract at the age of 12 by the largest independent record label in the country — Rounder Records.

Carter has been performing worldwide for many years as a guitarist and vocalist with the now-disbanded Arista/Sony Nashville-signed group Jypsi that had four different songs hit the Billboard charts.

Carter also recorded with Ronnie Milsap on his last album. With his sister McKenna Grace, they have performed internationally and are pleasing audiences everywhere they go.

Songs written by McKenna Grace have a down-to-earth and grassroots foundation, and with her sensational vocals, touch the heart of every listening ear.

Forrest Carter, beaming father of McKenna Grace and Frank Carter, who recently moved home to northern Illinois from Nashville, is excited about getting the opportunity to perform with his children at Minnihan’s.

I’m so very proud of my kids and their musical achievements, and feel honored to be able to perform with them during their visit for family, friends and fans old and new,” Forrest said. “Their sound is absolutely incredible and unlike any act out there.”

Forrest was twice nominated Bass Fiddle Player of the Year in Nashville’s bluegrass industry and has performed live on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville with the father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe.

Minnihan’s owners Tom and Michelle Minnihan are excited to bring this awesome Nashville talent to downtown Rockton, Ill.

We start with an open mic at 7:30 p.m., and the duo will kick off their show at 8:30 p.m.,” Tom said. “You don’t want to miss this one!”

Minnihan’s is at 104 W. Main St., Rockton, Ill., and can be reached at (815) 957-0319.

From the Sept. 12-18, 2012, issue

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