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Cherryholmes -- Crystal Lake

Posted by Mr. Disco on Monday, April 7, 2008

Wow!  What a show.  – Such great music, so much fun, so professional, such talent, and such impressive and genuinely nice people.  My sons and I met them all and shook their hands. 

– First half had all songs I was familiar with from the past two albums with great twin fiddle playing, singing, mandolining, Skip's great flat-pick guitaring, and banjoing.  – Second half had much new material including a six-part Mary and Martha gospel a capella that was stunning.  B.J. laid down his fiddle for the most part and cranked up some wonderful mandolining while Molly Kate took over on solo fiddle.  Sandy's singing sounds even more beautiful live than on the albums.  – Couldn’t figure out if I was more blown away by her singing or Cia Leigh’s.  Then Molly Kate sang a tune and filled the auditorium with incredibly beautiful powerful deep vocals.  Is there a group that ever has had three more powerful lead vocalists than the Cherryholmes?  Who's my favorite?  Well, Sandy is the best vocalist of the group that's also a hot-dancing mom.  Cia Leigh's my favorite female-singer banjo player.  Molly Kate's the greatest 15-year-old singer I've ever heard.  No way does she sound 15.


– Not just a show you can bring your 10-year-old to, but a show you can drive them two hours to. 

I purchased their Bluegrass Vagabonds album at the show (it now has six signatures that came with the six greetings and hand shakes).  It's wonderful and has more Cia lead vocals and blazing banjo leads than the two more recent ones.  An early favorite for me is the Little Roy Lewis cover "Five 'n' Chimes."  Ms. Cherryholmes puts on a power banjo clinic in a couple short minutes. Jere told the crowd to expect B.J. to play dobro on their forthcoming album (Cia did on Vagabonds).  I can't wait.


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