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The Cumberlands


The Cumberlands

The Cumberlands, a trio consisting of Harold and Betty Thom and Jim Smoak, go all the way back to the folk revival of the ’60s—and beyond. Smoak played banjo with Bill Monroe and wrote a banjo book, and the Cumberlands’ sound is a hybrid of bluegrass and folk.

One-time mainstays on the Louisville acoustic scene, the Cumberlands released both a retrospective collection and a new album in 2002. On the new recording, Bridging the Gap, old-time numbers like “Goin’ Down to Town” and “Satisfied Mind” get strong readings. The voices have aged, like an old wine that has acquired lots of character, but the music retains a sincere and heartfelt quality.

Bridging the Gap was released by Copper Creek Records.


Program 628

A pre-opening tour of the Frazier Historical Arms Museum in Louisville, new Executive Director Scott Provancher on the future of the Louisville Orchestra, and music by Simpsonville-based acoustic trio the Cumberlands. (#628)

Program 639

A pre-opening tour of the Frazier Historical Arms Museum in Louisville, new Executive Director Scott Provancher on the future of the Louisville Orchestra, and music by Simpsonville-based acoustic trio the Cumberlands. (#639)

Program 814

A visit to Lexington’s Ironhorse Forge, Bowling Green tinsmith Randy Hulsey, Louisville metal sculptor Bryan Holden, and musical performances from gospel-jazz group Paul Bennett and the 2nd Chance Band and acoustic trio the Cumberlands. (#814)





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