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Donna Ulisse is part of Country Music Hall of Fame's Bluegrass & Beyond

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Donna UlisseThe Country Music Hall of Fame Museum will present a full day of bluegrass-inspired performances featuring top players on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Kenny and Amanda Smith, the well known husband and wife bluegrass duo with a contemporary take on song choice and arrangements will begin the day's music. Amanda is a winner of the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Award, and Kenny is a two-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Award recipient.

Jim Hurst Trio will take over the stage at 12:15 p.m. Jim has played guitar, mandolin, and banjo in many well-known country and bluegrass bands and is a two-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year. Joining Jim to form the Jim Hurst Trio are veteran bassist Todd Phillips and multi-instrumentalist Nate Lee.

The Bankesters are a family band of incredibly adept instrumentalists and singers who share lead vocals and pristine sister harmonies and their show begins at 1:45 p.m.

Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys will close out the day's music beginning at 3:15 p.m. showcasing Ulisse’s rich vocals and acclaimed songwriting–the Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson and Claire Lynch have recorded her songs and she is a four time nominee for IBMA Songwriter of the Year.

The performances will be in the Ford Theater at the museum. The event is presented by the Crump family and Cotten Music Center, Honoring George A. and Marjorie S. Crump. Scheduled performances are:

  • 11:00 a.m.–Noon Kenny and Amanda Smith
  • 12:15–1:15 p.m. Jim Hurst Trio
  • 1:45–2:45 p.m. The Bankesters
  • 3:15–4:15 p.m. Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys

Attendees must have a Program Pass to guarantee admission to this event. Program Passes are free with Museum admission or membership and distributed two hours prior to the event at the Museum's box office on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is general admission and limited.

Members-only benefit: Museum members may also reserve their Program Passes in advance by phone (615-416-2050) or via Reservations are accepted until 48 hours before the program, or until the program is at capacity. Tickets reserved by members are available for pickup at the entrance to the Museum's Ford Theater.

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