The Kettleheads/Josh Williams and High Gear (#412)

Two Kentucky bluegrass bands.

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This edition of Jubilee welcomes Grammy-nominated Josh Williams of Benton, KY and the Kettleheads: Kentuckians Tom Minton, R.C. Emerson, Aaron Hamblin, and Bobby Hamblin. The hour-long performance of bluegrass music was recorded at the Master Musicians Festival in Somerset.

The program begins with the four-part vocal harmonies and progressive bluegrass instrumentals of the Kettleheads, then showcases teenager Josh Williams and his group, High Gear. Williams, already a veteran performer with several albums to his credit, cites banjo players Sammy Shelor (Lonesome River Band) and Scott Vestal (Continental Divide) as major influences on his playing style.