Crossing the Cumberlands

Dates: November 17, 2018

For over 200 years, with bold notes and fine lyrics, musicians have crafted vivid portrayals of the Cumberlands’ realm. Chattanoogans all know the rocky face of the Cumberland escarpment – here are the hidden histories and landscapes, with wild, serene, and unexpected turns, hard truths and good humor, carried by tones and beats. The Crossing the Cumberlands concert is an evening of revelation, heritage, and laughter, delivered by foremost musicians and tradition bearers.

Crossing the Cumberlands presents Sierra Hull, a stunning new leader in the acoustic music world, signed by Rounder Records at age 13 as a mandolin savant and composer, with albums produced by Alison Krauss and Bela Fleck. Sierra held a #1 chart position with her last album, and is presently featured in the American Currents Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Chuck Mead, an alt-country icon, created the BR549 sensation in Nashville and worldwide, with 7 albums and 3 Grammy nominations. As Musical Director/Supervisor for the Broadway and West End productions of Million Dollar Quartet, Mead established transatlantic credentials as a rockabilly philosopher. The American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame describes Tony Trischka as “perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world.” His expansive excursions with bluegrass, new acoustic music, jazz, rock, minstrelsy, and the banjo’s African roots have created new territory and collaborations with Peter Rowan, Bela Fleck, and Steve Martin. Banjo master Alan O’Bryant, is a founding member of the influential, Grammy-winning, world-touring Nashville Bluegrass Band. First apprenticed to Edgar Meyer, brilliant double bassist Ethan Jodziewicz storms through all genres. Fiddler/violinist Christian Sedelmyer commands national praises for virtuosic, otherworldly musicianship.

Deeply traditional and creative music from Tennessee’s past two centuries is the concert centerpiece. The Hicks Family carry America’s finest family heritage of balladry, recognized among Tennessee’s most significant musicians. Leroy Troy is declared “a national treasure” by Marty Stuart for his cagey and hilarious craft. A Tribute to Fletcher Bright returns thanks for a lifetime of bright music heard in Chattanooga since 1945. The Nancy Westmoreland Group brings soul and blues from both Bessie Smith and 9th Street, featuring Chess Records veteran Phil Westmoreland. Quiet Ed Brown influenced the progressive bluegrass movement from his Sequatchie County home in the early ‘70s. Joseph Decosimo, Meredith Goins, and Tater Caruthers are masters of our regional fiddle styles -- frontier solo fiddling, hillbilly blues, hot breakdowns.

Two one-hour workshops are available for ticket holders for an additional $10 fee: Hicks Family Ballads and History (1:00 p.m.) and Cumberland Fiddle Styles (2:00 p.m.) Limited to 40 participants.

This concert directly benefits the maintenance and protection of the Cumberland Trail and the natural and cultural resources within a 300-mile–long corridor, from Cumberland Gap to the edge of Chattanooga.

Crossing the Cumberlands
  • 709 Broad St
  • Chattanooga, TN 37402
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  • Tivoli Theatre
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