Cherryholmes brings Grammy nods to town

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 12:08 p.m.

Two striking occurrences have graced bluegrass stunners Cherryholmes since August, when the group postponed a Gainesville performance, and Friday when they'll stage a makeup show at the Phillips Center.

The groundbreaking family act received not one but two Grammy nominations for "Cherryholmes III: Don't Believe," the group's third and latest album, released in September.

Along with getting a nomination for Best Bluegrass Album - which their first two albums received as well - this time the band also received a nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance, a nod that says the band's six members are among the very best pickers in the nation.

And that says a lot since, as family patriarch and bassist Jere Cherryholmes points out, three of the band's six members are under the age of 21.

"It means our writing is becoming mature and, of course, the instrumental prowess is there and the singing is there," Cherryholmes said in a recent phone call from the family's home in Nashville.

"You've got to have it all together, and I see that in my family coming along like that. Not only do they know how to entertain and connect with the audience, but in the industry, among their peers, they're being lauded as being exceptional.

"The Grammy president said last year when we went through the nominees, 'You are the cream of the crop; if you made it to here, you're in the top five bands in your genre and in your industry.' And that's three (nominations) for three (albums)," Cherryholmes said.

"So that's really kind of an honor for us in our short history to have recorded three commercial projects, all of which have received Grammy nominations and this one has two of them."

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