Brushfire/Eddie and Martha Adcock (#914)

A veteran group from Central Kentucky and the “Sonny and Cher of bluegrass music” share the Jubilee stage.

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Bluegrass group Brushfire was founded in 1977 by current band leader Greg Breeding, a 25-year music veteran and an accomplished banjo and guitar player. He is joined by husband-and-wife team Dave Cottrell on banjo and Laurie Cottrell on upright bass. The Cottrells have been performing for more than 20 years.

On this edition of Jubilee, Brushfire shares the bill with another husband-and-wife combo, Eddie and Martha Adcock. Known as “the Sonny and Cher of bluegrass music,” the Adcocks have been performing and writing songs together for more than 30 years. They were part of the maverick 1970s “newgrass” band Second Generation, and before that Eddie was part of the influential group Country Gentlemen.

The Adcocks now perform a brand of bluegrass they have dubbed “twograss,” blending elements of bluegrass, country, gospel, folk, blues, jazz, rock, and rockabilly. The couple has appeared on Austin City Limits, Ernest Tubb’s Midnite Jamboree, and TNN’s Nashville Now and Wildhorse Saloon, as well as several National Public Radio programs. Recent recordings include Spirited (1998) and Eddie & Martha Adcock (2003).