Pickintime, Southern Harvest, and the Lonesome Whistle Band (#1020)

Three up-and-coming bluegrass bands.

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Featuring three up-and-coming bluegrass bands, this episode of Jubilee satisfies both traditional and contemporary musical tastes. These performances by bands from Kentucky and Georgia were taped at the 2004 J.D. Crowe Bluegrass Festival in Henderson.

Lexington bluegrass trio Pickintime features Pam Maynard on vocals and acoustic bass, Wes Maynard on vocals and guitar, and John Mattingly on vocals and banjo. Known for their tight harmonies, they perform a variety of bluegrass music, including classic favorites, traditional gospel, and many original songs.

The second Kentucky band on the bill is Southern Harvest, which hails from Clay City. This group creates a robust, intricate sound through performances of fast-paced, high-energy tunes as well as soft, soulful ballads. The band includes mandolin player John Meins, guitarist Daryl Wasson, banjo player Jimmy Smith, bassist Jeff Newsome, and fiddler Owen Duckett.

The Georgia-based Lonesome Whistle Band has a musical and visual style firmly rooted in the traditions of classic, 1950s-era bluegrass music: soaring two- and three-part vocal harmonies, brilliant instrumental skills, and an entertaining stage presence. The band features guitarist Russell Rose; banjo player Jimmy Wolling; bassist Rebecca Rose; fiddler Scott Holton; and Evan Rose, who sings lead vocals and plays mandolin.