Bluegrass Family Cherryholmes Comes to Center for the Arts

Posted: March 14, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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 audiences will get to see the Cherryholmes clan in action on Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m. An artistic discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.


A Cherryholmes concert often finds the band 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 (SPBGMA) 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’ youngest member, Molly Kate, began playing fiddle at age 6. She was a 2004 IBMA nominee for fiddler of the year, and the SPBGMA nominated her fiddler of the year for 2005.

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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