MOUNTAIN MUSIC:: The Cumberland Trio rented out the old Greystone Playhouse in Gatlinburg in 1964, playing two sets a night, six nights a week to prepare for a national tour that never happened. By the end of their residency, their record label was bankrupt.
COLLEGE FOLK: At the end of 1963, the Cumberland Trio beat out a band led by future Byrd Chris Hillman in national college folk contest, winning a $1,000 scholarship for the University of Tennessee and $600 for themselves. Here, they’re presenting the scholarship check to future UT president Ed Boling, then vice president for development and administration.
The members of the Cumberland Trio (left to right: Andy Garverick, Tom Kilpatick, Jerre Haskew, and Jim Shuptrine) figured they were just as good as better-known acts like the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul, and Mary; their respendlent three-part harmonies and instrumental chops set them apart from most of their peers.
LOST AND FOUND: The release of the Cumberland Trio’s earliest recordings, in 2000 (above), inspired a second act for the band, with a handful of reunion concerts and, eventually, the discovery and restoration of the group’s long-lost and never-released album from 1964. The album was finally released in 2013.