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October 11, 2013

Bluegrass greats to play Oneonta Theatre


Born and raised in East Tennessee, Barry Bales has been a member of Alison Krauss + Union Station for the past 23 years in addition to his successful career as a session musician, producer and songwriter. He has worked with artists such as Merle Haggard, the Civil Wars, Dolly Parton, Elvis Costello, the Chieftains, and Shania Twain, and is featured on the soundtrack for the movie “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?.” Bales has received 14 Grammy awards, one Country Music Association award, one Academy of Country Music award, and 11 International Bluegrass Music Association awards, including Bass Player of the Year in 2008.

Luke Bulla began playing fiddle and singing as a child, making his mark on the fiddle contest world with seven wins at the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest. At age 16, he became the youngest person to earn a Grand Champion title. As a young man, he made his mark on the fiddle contest world with seven wins at the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest, where he set a new record as the youngest person to make the top 10 at the Grand Masters. For the last 14 years, Bulla has been working as a session player, songwriter, and live performer with artists such as Ricky Skaggs, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas, and Lyle Lovett. Bulla released his first solo EP in 2012, and he is finishing a recording slated for release in early 2014.

Jesse Cobb is a sought after mandolinist known for his strong rhythmic presence and lyrical leads. Jesse has toured extensively in the US and Europe, taught at major festivals and camps, and as a member of The Infamous Stringdusters, has won awards and accolades from the Bluegrass and Americana communities including a Grammy nomination for the band in 2011. Cobb works as a freelance musician as well as performing as The Cobb Brothers Duo with Shad Cobb.

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