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Bluegrass Band Southern Sun to Perform at UC

Williamsburg, Kentucky - On the rise from the hills of Whitley County is the native bluegrass band Southern Sun, performing at University of the Cumberlands on Saturday, October 1.

The five piece band consists of lead and rhythm guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bass, with lead vocals shared by two of the musicians and harmonies from the other three. They perform their own arrangements, along with more traditional music, for a surprising but enjoyable mix and a quality and maturity that belies their age. The band has performed at numerous festivals in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Arizona and has appeared on various radio and tv programs, including KET's Jubilee, which also aired on PBS nation-wide.

Lead singers Joshua Hamblin and Nathan Bray are brothers who helped establish the family band Fourth Generation, which later became Southern Sun. Like Hamblin and Bray, tenor Steve Gibbs began his career in high school band, where he received several awards. Baritone Tim Hale is the newest member, coming to Southern Sun from years of experience with other bands. Recordings Changin' It Again, 2001, and In the Shade, 2003, have received glowing reviews in major bluegrass publications.

The October 1 performance begins at 7:30 in the Kohn Theatre of the Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Center on campus and tickets are $10. University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 116th year of operation. Cumberland offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and 9 pre-professional programs, as well as online studies and a graduate program in education. For more information, call the Kohn Box Office at 606-539-4535.