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The Seldom Scene serves up a blend of powerful, progressive bluegrass on next episode of Jubilee

For Release: 2014-08-11 11:02:00

Legendary, innovative group The Seldom Scene, which has made its reputation by stretching the boundaries of bluegrass – and taking the genre to new heights – performs on the next episode of Jubilee. The episode, filmed at the 2013 Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, airs Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 8/7 pm on KET and Saturday, Sept. 6 at midnight/11 pm on KET2.

For more than 40 years, The Seldom Scene has made a career of presenting bluegrass with fire and enthusiasm, often hallmarked by innovative, daring instrumental solos. Founded in 1971, the group weathered multiple line-up changes early on (only banjo player Ben Eldridge remains from the original group). But the band’s current members – Eldridge, along with Dudley Connell on guitar; Ronnie Simpkins on bass; Fred Travers on dobro; and Lou Reid on mandolin – have molded into something special. The group’s current members have been together for the past 18 years.

“I think it's safe to say that no second generation bluegrass group [has been] as influential as The Seldom Scene in contributing to the popularity and expansion of this genre of acoustic music,” David Freeman, the renowned bluegrass historian and founder of Rebel Records, told Smithsonian Magazine in a 2014 story.

After years on the road, the group shows no sign of slowing down. The success of the group’s 2007 Grammy-nominated album, Scenechronized, led to an invitation to perform at a White House dinner for the U.S. Olympic Team in 2008.

And, the group’s newest album, Longtime...Seldom Scene, released just this year, is already garnering rave reviews. “It’s not just the songs themselves that are special, but how they’re arranged and performed,” said David Morris of Bluegrass Today.

em>Jubilee is an Emmy-nominated KET production. Nick Helton is the producer/director and Teresa Day is the executive producer. After airing, each Jubilee episode is available to watch at

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