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The Cumberland Trio

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.

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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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