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CHERRYHOLMES, bluegrass powerhouse on April 7, 8PM

March 26, 2007
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Saturday, April 7, 2007, 8PM

Fairfax, Virginia, March 7, 2007—Jere and Sandy Cherryholmes and their four children - Cia Leigh, B.J., Skip and Molly Kate—have a Grammy nomination, International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, a regular gig at the Grand Ole Opry and a touring schedule of nearly 300 days a year. Between them they wield a mean fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar. Center for the Arts audience get to see the Cherryholmes clan in action on Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

A Cherryholmes concert often finds the band picking, harmonizing and step-dancing, designed to, as Jere explains, “bring out your inner hillbilly.” Everyone in Cherryholmes gets a shot at lead vocals, and a typical tune might feature siblings Molly and B.J. together with fiddle bows flying, while Skip, Cia and Sandy harmonize as Jere keeps things thumping with the standup bass.
In addition to bass, dad Jere serves as the band’s manager and sings, while mom, Sandy Lee serves as administrator, plays mandolin and sings harmony.

Cia Leigh started out playing guitar at age 15 and switched to banjo a year later. She was named the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America's banjo player of the year for 2005 and 2006. B.J. began playing fiddle at age 11; he is featured on Rhonda Vincent's live concert DVD and CD, Ragin’ Live. Skip began playing mandolin at age 9; a year later, he switched to guitar. He has already been featured in Flat-Picking Guitar Magazine. Cherryholmes’s youngest member, Molly Kate, began playing fiddle at age 6. She was a 2004 IBMA nominee for fiddler of the year, and the SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America) nominated her as 2005’s fiddler of the year.

The family, who also write their own material, produced their debut recording, Still A Little Rough Around The Edges in 2001. Three and a half years ago, the family moved from Los Angeles to Nashville, where they released their first recording for the Skaggs Family label: Cherryholmes. In addition to being named the International Bluegrass Music Association's entertainer of the year for 2005, Cherryholmes also has the distinction of being honored as the SPBGMA’s entertaining group of the year for 2004, 2005, and 2006.

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Tickets for CHERRYHOLMES are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly! All children, 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit

CHERRYHOLMES is part of the American Echoes series of performances sponsored by Verizon Federal Network Systems

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