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Kenny and Amanda Smith
Winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2003; Kenny and Amanda Smith combine gutsy; heartfelt vocals; brilliant instrumental talents and a powerful; contemporary sense of song choice and arrangement into one of the most compelling new sounds in bluegrass today. Kenny is widely considered one of the most important and influential flatpicking-style guitarists of his generation. A two-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year award winner; his professional credits include six years with the popular Lonesome River Band and an exceptional solo CD; Studebaker; released on Sugar Hill Records in 1997.
Born in the small town of Davisville; West Virginia; Amanda grew up singing in church choirs and participating in talent contests at local fairs. Amanda met Kenny at a Lonesome River Band concert; and the couple began dating and playing music together almost immediately. They recorded their debut CD; Slowly But Surely; in 2001. Recruiting several of their favorite players for the session; the album surged up the bluegrass charts on the strength of their hit song; “Amy Brown.”