Stringtown/Dismembered Tennesseans (#1116)

Brilliant harmonies from a Lawrenceburg bluegrass group, plus “country music for people who don’t particularly like country music.”

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This edition of Jubilee features Stringtown, a bluegrass band from Lawrenceburg, KY, and Dismembered Tennesseans, who have been playing together for more than 50 years. The program was recorded at the 2005 River of Music Festival in Owensboro.

Stringtown, made up entirely of Lawrenceburg natives, has performed at the Festival of the Bluegrass, the Poppy Mountain Festival, and the International Bluegrass Music Museum Battle of the Bands. Providing the brilliant harmonies and tight musicianship are husband-and-wife team Anthony and Tammy Stratton along with Kevin Chilton and Ellery Milburn.

The Dismembered Tennesseans claim to have made their mark singing “country music for people who do not particularly like country music.” Formed in Chattanooga, the group has been performing its unique brand of bluegrass music since 1945. The Tennesseans have performed all over the country as well as at countless conventions and charity events back home. The lineup seen on Jubilee includes Fletcher Bright, who plays fiddle and pilots the group’s airplane; Ed Cullis, the banjo-playing orthodontist (now retired); Laura Walker; Bobby Martin; Don Cassell; George Bright; and Ansley Moses. The performance spotlights tunes from a recent CD titled Live at the Laurel.