WANT TO GO?
Charleston Community Music presents The Duttons
WHERE: Municipal Auditorium
WHEN: 3 p.m. April 14
TICKETS: Adults $35, students $10, youth under 18 $5
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Not everybody gets into music because they're looking for fame and fortune. The Duttons, a Branson, Mo., family variety act, got into music because their parents made them.
The band's mom, company CEO and bass player Sheila Dutton, said, "We started our children out on music because we wanted to teach them discipline. We didn't mean to be professional musicians."
It just kind of worked out that way. The seven- to nine-member ensemble has toured the United States dozens of times, played in every state and through much of Canada. They've also toured Europe four times and placed in the top 10 on "America's Got Talent" in 2007.
The Duttons perform at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium.
After 20 years, the proud matriarch of this unlikely musical family still sounds a little baffled by it all.
Sheila Dutton said, "If you'd have asked me in high school what I had the least ability in, I'd have told you music."
Dutton hadn't intended to get into music either. The only reason her kids even picked up instruments was because friends told how their kids were learning violin. It sounded like a good idea to the Duttons.
"They became quite proficient at it," she said.
At ages 9 and 10, Timothy and Jonathan Dutton auditioned to play solos for the local symphony. They were featured in a performance.
A week later, a musician in the audience tracked down the Duttons. He told Dutton that he used to be a classical violinist, but he wanted to teach their kids some bluegrass.
Dutton laughed, then asked, "What's bluegrass?"
He explained and the Duttons agreed to let him tutor their children.
"He didn't ask for any money."