A Touch of Grass/Southern Heritage (#303)

A pair of Kentucky-based, tradition-oriented bluegrass bands.


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Kentucky-based bluegrass bands A Touch of Grass and Southern Heritage are featured on this episode of Jubilee in performances taped at the Carter Shrine Club Bluegrass Festival in Olive Hill.

Morehead’s A Touch of Grass takes the stage first, performing a selection of traditional bluegrass tunes. Songs include “Dixie Road,” “I Haven’t Seen Mary in Years,” and the Bill Monroe compositions “My Rose of Old Kentucky” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” Band members are Jack Lewis on guitar, Sandy Knipp on banjo, Carter Brickey on mandolin, and Dean Johnson on bass.

Next, Southern Heritage serves up several traditional bluegrass favorites, including “Little Maggie” and “Nine-Pound Hammer,” plus an a cappella version of the gospel song “I Can Feel Him in My Soul.” The Ashland-based band consists of bass player Rowdy Vance, banjo player Rodney Vance, mandolin player Roger Keaton, resophonic guitar (dobro) player Ronnie Young, and teenage guitarist Josh Manning.