QUEENS COUNTY, N.S. – She’s almost finished Grade 9 at North Queens Community School in Caledonia. Despite her age, and even though she’s relatively new to performing in front of big crowds, Autumn Rae Carver says she isn’t nervous about her next show.
“People think I’m weird for it,” she said. “The only time I’m nervous is when I’m waiting to go on stage.”
On June 15, The Washboard Union, a country music group from Vancouver, will step onto the stage at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool. Jason Benoit, a country music singer-songwriter from Fox Island, N.L., will open the show. And Carver, from Middlefield, is a special guest.
Carver says she’s been practicing a lot to get ready for the show. When she opens for Benoit, she’ll play three songs, and she’s been practicing each one for at least half an hour a night. During those practice sessions, Carver says she sings the song, plays the song and then puts everything together.
As well as practicing her songs, Carver has also been chatting with some of the musicians from the band. In fact, one singer, Aaron Grain, was talking to Carver about how hard it was to believe that he was in her shoes at one point.
The night of the show, when Carver’s at the point she may be starting to feel nervous, she says she’ll think happy thoughts. She takes all the bad thoughts out and hopes for the best.
“But once I’m on stage I’m fine,” Carver said.
And when she’s up there, she says she only sees the front row of people. As for the stage lights, she says they’re pretty bright, but she doesn’t look at them.
Carver expects she’ll see a lot of people she knows, including teachers, family and people from Caledonia.
She says at the moment her mind is spinning, and it’s hard to believe the show is fast approaching.
“I’m really excited,” she said.
Following this next show, Carver will be playing at Privateer Days. Later, in mid-August, she’ll perform at the Hank Snow Tribute Festival.
“Whatever comes along, I’m going to do,” she said.
Learn more about Jason Benoit at https://www.facebook.com/jasonbenoitcountry/.
Visit The Washboard Union at http://www.thewashboardunion.com/.