Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray on Sunset Road, Oct 16

Bluegrass legends and pioneers Eddie & Martha Adcock and Tom Gray will stop by the WTJU studios this Friday afternoon, Oct 16, at 4 for a visit to Sunset Road.  Later that evening they will be at C’Ville Coffee for a concert presented by The Prism Coffeehouse (details).

Bluegrass music legends and pioneers Eddie and Martha Adcock with Tom Gray return to Charlottesville with a concert at 7 pm on Friday, October 16th, at C’ville Coffee presented by the Prism Coffeehouse.

Exciting, original and warmly intimate… rooted in their traditional heritage while often cruising the stratosphere… for both their singing and playing, they are surely one of the most dynamic bluegrass-and-beyond string trios you’ll ever have the pleasure to hear !

For a few years now, these folks have played concerts together whenever the opportunity presented, even touring Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium and Holland in a string of sold-out shows. They have appeared on national media such as tv’s ‘Song of the Mountains’. With their CD release, “Many A Mile”, they have eagerly hit the trail to bring their magic to fans and friends waiting worldwide.

The Adcocks are perhaps the most popular and enduring duo in bluegrass music today, joining forces nearly four decades ago to play their special vibrant brand of it; and Tom Gray has long been one of the best-known and most respected bassists in bluegrass.

While Martha (a South Carolinian) is known for her evocative vocals and powerhouse rhythm guitar, Eddie (from Virginia) is lauded as one of the few truly original stylists on banjo and guitar in bluegrass music (recently famed as The Bionic Banjo Man due to three brain surgeries to alleviate hand tremor). Tom Gray (of Maryland) is a compelling, critically acclaimed bassist whose agile, creative playing is memorably distinctive. Vocally and instrumentally, they have few peers!

Eddie and Tom are also noted as the surviving half of one of the most innovative and influential bluegrass groups of all time, the legendary ‘Classic’ Country Gentlemen of the Washington DC area. Those iconic Country Gentlemen, which also included Charlie Waller and John Duffey, were inducted together as a band into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 1996, the first group to be so awarded. The Gents also were installed in the Washington Area Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 1996. Eddie & Tom received the DC Bluegrass Union’s Washington Monument Award in 2012, and they have numerous individual awards to their credit.

Eddie and Martha later partnered in the groundbreaking ’70s newgrass band II Generation, while Tom helped found the ever-popular Seldom Scene group, all history-makers through decades. These three folks have garnered more awards and accolades than can be listed here.

Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray always deliver the goods, whether to a kid, a hipster, a boomer or a senior. Sentimental favorites and true legends in bluegrass, yet ever-fresh and vital, this band of multi-award-winners and Grammy nominees always entertains and musically delights


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