Dale Jett & Hello Stranger; Johnny & Jeanette Williams


The Great Road Hall on Main Street

100 W. Main Street, Christiansburg VA

Crooked Road Concerts


7:00 PM

Dale Jett, a native of Scott County, Virginia, is a third generation member of the legendary Carter Family. The son of Janette Carter and the grandson of A. P. and Sara Carter, Dale grew up steeped in the internationally beloved music repertoire associated with his family. As a performer, Dale is especially gifted in the much admired ability to connect with audiences. The ensemble Hello Stranger--which features Dale on vocals and guitar, his wife Teresa on bass, and Oscar Harris on autoharp, guitar, mandolin, and vocals—is wonderfully adept at authentic interpretations of the music of the Original Carter Family.

Dale and Oscar have been musical partners and friends for over twenty years. Teresa joined them a few years back, and the three have been playing and recording together as Hello Stranger ever since. The Carter Family influence is strongly evident in their sets, as these three musicians movingly present the unbroken circle of music in which Dale grew up. Hello Stranger's repertoire also features songs they have composed as well as an eclectic mixture of songs by other songwriters, resulting in a true Appalachian Americana experience.
Hello Stranger has performed at the Carter Family Fold, Barter Theatre, Mountain Stage, the California Autoharp Gathering, the Smithsonian, The Marty Stuart Show, The Grand Ole Opry, Irish Arts Council of New York City, and many other venues and events across the nation and in Canada. Dale Jett and Hello Stranger have recorded several albums, including “Going Down the Valley” (2010) and “When the Sun Comes Out Again: Songs of the Civil War” (2012). Additionally, Dale recorded the album “The Carter Family III” (2010) with his cousin John Carter Cash.

Talented bluegrass vocalist Jeanette Williams was born in North Carolina and raised in Virginia. One of seven children who grew up in a home filled with music, she began singing at a young age. Beginning her professional career in her early twenties singing country music, by 1989 she had switched to bluegrass, joining the band called Clearwater, which included her future husband Johnny Williams. Working as singer for Clearwater, she performed at countless bluegrass festivals in the Southeastern state as well as overseas. During this period, she earned a number of awards, including four Female Vocalist of the Year awards from SPBGMA. In 1994, she released her debut solo album, _Dreams Do Come True_, on the Flyin' Cloud label. By 1996, Clearwater was renamed Jeanette Williams and Clearwater. That same year, she recorded a second album with her husband, simply titled _Johnny and Jeanette Williams_. The next year brought the release of a Clearwater album, _Blue Ridge Mountain Sun_. The group was also chosen that year and the next to appear at the annual International Bluegrass Music Association conference. About this time, Jeanette and Johnny both won the Chris Austin Songwriter Contest for bluegrass at Merlefest. In 1999, Jeanette released another solo album, _Cherry Blossoms in the Springtime_, on the Doobie Shea label, and the album remained on the bluegrass charts for nearly a year. By this time, Jeanette's powerful vocals were the central focus of Clearwater, and the band was renamed the Jeanette Williams Band. In 2011, after a five-year stint with the Big Country Bluegrass Band, Johnny rejoined his wife's band, and the Jeanette Williams Band continues to move audiences with their unique and heartfelt bluegrass sound.