Dennis Cash, known to many bluegrass fans as co-founder (with Wayne Ratley), tenor singer and mandolin player for Carolina Sonshine, has a new solo project called Sing Me A Carter Family Song. The album is soon to be released on the Blue Circle label. Blue Circle owners Tom T and Dixie Hall composed a new song for the album called A Carter Family Song. The remaining titles are all from the extensive catalog of The Original Carter Family, A.P., Sara, and Maybelle. IBMA Hall of Fame member Bill Clifton is writing the liner notes for the album and was instrumental in its song selection. Clifton has said he feels that Dennis is “the 21st century's finest interpreter of Carter Family songs”.
During IBMA’s World Of Bluegrass week, Dennis will be joined on stage by a great group of musicians. Steve Block, who most recently played with Randy Waller and The Country Gentlemen, will be playing bass. Scott Dozier, who works with Full Steam Ahead, is joining Cash on dobro and banjo. One of the founders of the fine old time band Country Ham, Carl Pagter, will be playing clawhammer banjo. Carl also appears on the new project. Dennis will play guitar, autoharp and mandolin and do most of the lead vocal work.
Dennis is very happy to announce that he will have two descendants of the Original Carter Family in the group. Anne Buckle will sing harmony vocals and play fiddle. Anne’s great great grandfather was Jim Carter, a brother to A.P. and Ezra Carter. Ezra married Maybelle and they had Anita, June, and Helen. Many people consider Anita to have been the best female voice in country music. Anita Carter’s daughter, Lorrie Carter Bennett, will be singing with the group. It only takes a few notes to hear that Lorrie inherited her mother’s vocal gift. Cash says “it’s an honor for me that these two ladies will be singing with me. The music of the Carter Family was a large part of my inspiration to play. Now to perform on stage with part of the Carter clan is a treat.”
Showcasing for Dennis will begin on Sunday, Sept 23 in Bell Buckle, TN at the Dare To Be Different concert hosted by Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike(www.valeriesmithonline.com/). This event is a fundraiser for the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Ky. The group will appear in Nashville at Layla’s (www.laylasbluegrassinn.com/)on Friday, Sept 28. On Saturday, Sept 29 they will be at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop (www.etrecordshop.com/). The band has a series of showcases lined up for IBMA’s After Hours Showcases(http://ibma.org/) going on all week.
Be sure to catch Dennis Cash doing songs from Sing Me A Carter Family Song during your visit to Nashville’s last IBMA World Of Bluegrass. For booking or further information, you may contact Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org