Pictured above – Sister Sadie, comprised of original members Deanie Richardson (fiddle), Gena Britt (banjo & vocals) and newcomers Jaelee Roberts (guitar & vocals), Dani Flowers (guitar & vocals) and Maddie Dalton (acoustic bass & vocals).

This year the 53rd installment of the event will run live July 5 and July 6

Every year, the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree welcomes the latest and greatest in bluegrass to the square in Smithville.

This year the 53rd installment of the event will run live July 5 and July 6 and be aired live on DTC TV  and livestreamed on www.dtc3.tv. For audiophiles, the beautiful sounds of fiddles and banjos can be listened to live on WJLE radio. More memories will most certainly be made, but none of it would be possible without contributing sponsors.

This year, advertising partners include:

The Jamboree has a partner page if you want to check it out.

Some huge names in Bluegrass will perform at this year’s event. On Friday night, Cutter and Cash and The Kentucky Grass (CCKG) are set to perform at 8 p.m. The band includes Noah Goebel (reigning Smithville Jamboree Fiddle off winner) along with his sister, Lily Goebel Reigning Smithville Jamboree Old Time Appalachian Folk Singing – Solo), Brennen Cruce, Cutter Singelton and Cash Singelton.

“Cutter & Cash and the Kentucky Grass emerge as a vibrant and captivating young bluegrass ensemble deeply rooted in their West Kentucky origins,” according to a release by the Jamboree. “Positioned in the heartland of bluegrass music, their passion extends far beyond state borders, earning them national acclaim through performances that span coast to coast. This dynamic duo is more than just the industry’s youth; they are consummate professionals, skilled instrumentalists and captivating vocalists who infuse every performance with infectious enthusiasm.”

The band, always dressed “impeccably” and “ready to put on a spectacular show” is ready to bring the crowd to its feet, according to officials from the Jamboree.

“(The band) are poised to satiate your craving for a top-notch musical experience,” according to the release. “Their love for playing music resonates unmistakably, creating an atmosphere inviting audiences to an immersive and unforgettable journey through bluegrass traditions.”

Pictured above –  Left to right Noah Goebel, Brennen Cruce, Lily Goebel, Cutter Singelton and Cash Singelton.

A legend in the music business has produced CCKG latest release “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” Jeannie Seeley is a Grammy award winner and veteran of the Grand Ole Opry.

“This project attests to the group’s commitment to excellence and eagerness to explore new heights in their musical journey,” according to Jamboree officials.

The single is making waves on radio and streaming platforms.

“With a sound that pays homage to the rich heritage of bluegrass while injecting fresh and dynamic energy, CCKG is ready to capture the hearts of listeners with their latest record,” according to the release. “Get ready for an authentic bluegrass experience as this young music group highlights their prowess and passion. With their music resonating on the airwaves and streaming platforms, the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree stage is set for an exciting chapter in the journey of this talented and dynamic group.”

Every year, the Jamboree presents the Blue Blaze award, and this year, its three-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Sister Sadie’s turn. Sister Sadie also was named Vocal Group of the Year for the second year running.

“We are thrilled to give this year’s award to Sister Sadie,” according to Jamboree President Kim Driver Luton. “Four of the five band members have been at the Jamboree – Deanie Richardson, Jaelee Roberts, Dani Flowers, and Gena Britt. What an honor to give this award to a group of women who have been involved with the Jamboree and have been successful in their musical endeavors ever since.”

Richardson says the Jamboree is a tradition.

“I started going to the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree when I was a young girl,” said Deanie Richardson. “I was the first fiddler to win the National Beginner Fiddler Championship at the age of twelve. That win also awarded me my first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. I cannot tell you what this Jamboree means to every young person who plays an instrument and works all year to prepare for this competition. I have made lifelong friends that I still talk to and play music with that I met at the Jamboree. I now have students of my own that attend the Jamboree and I get to go with them and accompany them when they compete. That is the ultimate experience for me to get to relive it and feel their excitement about being there as I did when I was their age. I am thrilled to get to be there this year with our band, Sister Saide, and accept the Blue Blaze Award for 2023.”

The award will be presented on Saturday, July 6th at 5 p.m. Sister Sadie will perform after. For more information go to Sister Sadie (sistersadieband.com) or visit smithvillejamboree.com.

Photo courtesy of the Fiddler’s Jamboree.

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