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bluegrass band with instruments walking

Friends of the Cumberland Trail presents

Crossing the Cumberlands

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May 19, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: James K. Polk Theater


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The rare and beautiful music of early Tennessee is barely known, but it is not lost. Families and neighbors in the Cumberland Mountains still keep invincible, time-travelling images, painted with bold notes and fine lyrics. With foremost Nashville musicians, they join for a once-in-a-lifetime concert of hidden histories, wild instrumentals, and grand landscapes. Hard truth and good humor lie in these enduring, uncommon masterworks and original compositions.

Grammy-stocked host musicians include Jerry Douglas, Alan O’Bryant, and Stuart Duncan, among Nashville’s greatest string heroes. The Hicks Family is celebrated with a monument at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall -- they bring authentic songs from the frontier period, including a gripping ballad from 1789 Nashville. Scotty Anderson -- lauded, reclusive, and legendary -- reaches the frontiers of mountain jazz and rockabilly with incomparable technique, recognized as one of the best, ever. (His mountaineer grandfather played Carnegie Hall.) This two-hour festival has many more saints – Thomm Jutz, Leroy Troy, Wade Hill, Mike Fain, John Gardner, Corbin Hayslett, Trenton Caruthers, Jordan Hughett, and Buddy Ingram.

Since the late 18th-Century, common musicians have taken their own path, creating their own rules and their own songs, others strongly bonding to tradition. American bluegrass and pop, British rock, and classical music have all been imprinted by narrow streams of Cumberland music. When the concert closes, you’ll know a good bit more of Tennessee’s heritage, and of the music you’ve kept in your life.

This concert directly benefits the maintenance and protection of the Cumberland Trail, a 300-mile–long corridor and hiking trail, running from Cumberland Gap to the edge of Chattanooga.

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