Southern Harvest/The Boys from Middle Creek/The Bluegrass Thoroughbreds (#309)

Three native Kentucky bluegrass bands shine on Jubilee.

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Three Kentucky-based bluegrass music bands—Southern Harvest, the Boys from Middle Creek, and the Bluegrass Thoroughbreds—bring an interesting blend of traditional ballads, gospel songs, and instrumentals to this episode of Jubilee. The performances were taped at the Carter County Shrine Club Bluegrass Festival in Olive Hill, KY and the Red Mule Bluegrass Festival in Berea, KY.

Leading off are the Boys from Middle Creek, featuring Don Stanley on guitar, Zyndall Adams on banjo, Denver Mullins on mandolin, and Josh Stanley on bass. The band is named after the town of Middle Creek in Floyd County. Stanley, who says his music is influenced most by the Carter Family and the songs his grandmother used to sing to him, remembers how the band first began performing in 1980 at the Jamboree in Hazard. After a 15-year hiatus during which the band did not perform publicly, the Boys from Middle Creek regrouped in 1996.

Next, Southern Harvest, from Clay City, entertains the audience with a variety of both traditional and contemporary bluegrass music. The band, which had been performing together for about 18 months when this Jubilee performance was taped, includes mandolin player John Meins, guitarist Darryll Wasson, banjo player Jimmy Smith, bass player Jeff Newsome, and fiddler Owen Duckett.

Closing out the program are the Bluegrass Thoroughbreds from Winchester. Formed in 1976, the four-member band includes James Malicote on guitar, Marcie Malicote on bass, Bobby Maynard on banjo, and Elmer Burchett on mandolin. James writes about two-thirds of the songs they perform.