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SOLO ARTIST -  Twelve-yearold Cindy Taylor, who plays in the Mountain Melody Band, will make her debut as a solo performer at the Cumberland Mountain Bluegrass Music Festival in Jenkins.

SOLO ARTIST – Twelve-yearold Cindy Taylor, who plays in the Mountain Melody Band, will make her debut as a solo performer at the Cumberland Mountain Bluegrass Music Festival in Jenkins.

The Cumberland Mountain Arts & Crafts Council is proud to produce the second annual Cumberland Mountain Bluegrass Music Festival July 12- 14 at the Little Shepherd Amphitheatre up on the mountain in Jenkins.

Last year the crowd of nearly 600 attendees far exceeded our expectations. We are so encouraged by the turnout that we have expanded the event from two to three days.

There are five groups scheduled to play Thursday evening from 3 to 9 p.m. The very popular Mountain Melody Band from Perry County will be the headliner.

On Friday night, the Wells Family from North Carolina will be our headliner. They currently have a No. 1 hit recording, “Moment in Time.” Five bands will play from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, veteran entertainer Larry Fuller will be our headliner. Larry has had several hit records during his 35- year career. A total of 13 groups will perform Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fourteen very popular regional bluegrass bands will play over the three-day event. Five of the bluegrass bands hail from southwest Virginia and nine are from eastern Kentucky.

Don Amburgey, president of the Cumberland Mountain Arts & Crafts Council, stated, “We feel that we have a responsibility to showcase our young musicians as well as our veteran performers. Seven of the acts feature very talented young musicians. They are our next generation of entertainers. The diverse group of entertainers does not dilute the quality in any way; it only enhances it.”

Among the youthful entertainers are the Midnight Ramblers from Virginia and 12- year-old Cindy Taylor of the Mountain Melody Band; they will play Thursday night. On Friday night, 15-year-old Nicky Johnson with the Ken- tucky Red Band will exhibit some hot licks on the acoustical guitar. On Saturday, Duelin’ Strings will play their first time professionally at 12:30 p.m. They have been a popular act at the Hemphill Community Center during the half-time show for the past year. Austin Johnson and Dave Barnett form the duo. Cindy Taylor of the Mountain Melody Band will perform for the first time as a solo artist Saturday at 1 p.m. The Cowan Creek String Band and Square Dancers will perform from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Jeff Kennedy and Big Caney Bluegrass will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. Jeff is an amazing 15- year-old musician who performed on the road with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys for a year and has appeared on the ‘Grand ol’ Opry” several times.

Our venue is family oriented. We do not allow any alcohol, drugs, coolers or pets. We have about 200 seats but you may want to bring a folding chair just in case you arrive late. For additional information, call (606) 832-1453 or 832-4122.

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