Carson Peters & Iron Mountain

Meet the Band

Carson Peters

Carson lives in Piney Flats, Tennessee with his parents, Jamie and Robin. When he is not “fiddlin’ around,” he is just an ordinary country boy who enjoys baseball, basketball, golf, hunting, hotrods and going to church. Carson has been blessed to have a great band, Iron Mountain, to help him entertain audiences performing old-time, bluegrass, and gospel music.

Eric Marshall

Eric, who plays banjo, was born and raised in Mount Airy, North Carolina, and has loved to sing from his earliest memories. Raised in a region known for its traditional music, it was natural for him to be drawn to bluegrass. In his early 20’s, Eric started playing banjo with his brother in The Marshall Brothers and Highroad Band. Over the past 20 years, Eric has worn almost every hat possible in a bluegrass band; from band leader to side musician, but he is best known as a traditional style banjo player, vocalist and songwriter. In 2010, Eric’s son, Ben, joined him on stage for the first time and started a new path for Eric’s musical journey as a father/son duet where his new name was simply “Ben’s Daddy”! These days, Eric continues to share his talent and style of bluegrass music as he performs with Iron Mountain.

Ben Marshall

Going to his first bluegrass festival at 18 months old, Ben truly grew up surrounded by music! Stories of Ben being held by his father on stage as the elder would play and sing, show how the seed was planted. Ben first started playing at 8 years old. He told his dad he wanted to play, so Eric sat Ben on a picnic table at Galax Fiddler’s Convention, stood a bass fiddle up in front of him and there’s been no looking back! With his God-given talent, Ben quickly became known for flawless timing and taste as an anchor for the music he played. Once comfortable with playing, Ben started singing lead and harmony; adding to his abilities as a performer. Soon, Ben started playing with the youth group, Oldgrass, which has received numerous awards and realized vast exposure. Now 17 years old, Ben continues to share a love for bluegrass and gospel music as he currently plays bass and sings as a member of Iron Mountain.

Austin Tate

Austin, from Marion, Virginia, is 19 years old and plays the mandolin and sings for the band. He began playing music at 8 years old. His taste in music ranges from classic rock and old country to bluegrass and gospel. He has played for many local churches, nursing homes and restaurants. He has had some great opportunities to play music with some amazing bluegrass artists, including the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent. Off the bluegrass scene, Austin enjoys watching dirt track racing. Austin says that the most important thing to him is his relationship with God and thanks Him for his ability to play music and blessing him with a wonderful, supportive family.

Jamie Peters

Jamie plays the rhythm guitar in the band and has loved bluegrass music since starting to play guitar at age 8. After a long break from playing the guitar, his love for pickin’ was reignited when Carson began playing. In any spare time, Jamie also loves restoring and driving old muscle cars.

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