Bluegrass 101 and Southern Sun (#1013)

Two Kentucky bands play home-grown bluegrass.

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This edition of Jubilee, taped at the 2004 J.D. Crowe and the New South Bluegrass Festival in Wilmore, spotlights two bands from the festival’s Central Kentucky neighborhood.

Bluegrass 101, from Bardstown, features Terry Waldridge, Clint Craven, Mark Royal, Jim Armstrong, and Randy Saltsman. They’ve been playing hard-driving bluegrass music together for 12 years, appearing with well-known artists such as Ricky Skaggs and Doyle Lawson. Bluegrass 101 received first place in Owensboro’s 2003 Bluegrass Battle of the Bands.

Hailing from Wilmore itself are brothers Joshua Hamblin and Nathan Bray, who make up Southern Sun along with friends Tim Hale and Steve Gibbs. This band is known for driving bluegrass rhythms, smooth harmonies, and creative lyrics.