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Beaver Creek: Family band Cherryholmes at the Vilar

Kris Sabel
Director's Chair
Beaver Creek CO Colorado
Special to the DailyThe Cherryholmes family, who peform in Beaver Creek, Colorado Tuesday, formed their band after the oldest daughter died

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado “-Don’t know about Cherryholmes? Well, read on ” and by all means, make plans to catch their show on Tuesday at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado. I promise you won’t be disappointed! In fact, I’ll go so far as to assure that you’ll come away feeling uplifted and rejuvenated, something we could all use in these challenging times.

Jere and Sandy Cherryholmes were living outside of L.A. when they lost their oldest daughter to heart failure. In an effort to get their family’s mind off the grief, they headed to a bluegrass festival. Little did they know, but this experience would change their direction as a family for a long time to come.

They decided to form their own band as a way to move forward from their personal tragedy and draw the family closer together. The year was 1999 and most of the kids had never even picked up an instrument.

In the decade since, they’ve won the 2005 Entertainer of the Year Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (they were competing against Alison Krauss in the same category), been nominated for four Grammy Awards, released six albums, and won the hearts of music fans all over the world.

The kids were all being home-schooled, so Jere and Sandy added music to their studies. Over the next 10 years each developed into a bluegrass virtuoso, but they are best as an ensemble all working together on a common sound.

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Part of what makes this family unique is their approach to living in today’s world. Not only are they home schooled, but they don’t watch TV, surf the web or listen to music on headphones. They travel together on a bus and when not studying, they practice individually and as a group.

Their live shows include twin fiddles, Irish step-dancing, classic country yodeling, old-time clawhammer banjo, soulful gospel singing and dynamic bluegrass vocal harmonies.

The Vilar Performing Arts Center is the perfect venue to experience this type of concert, as the acoustics make it possible to distinguish the subtleties of each instrument and each voice.

For those readers who are unsure if they like bluegrass music, or not sure if they know what bluegrass music is, I encourage you to check out Cherryholmes.

You can get a quick idea of their sound by visiting their calendar detail page on, where you’ll find their music featured on VPAC Radio. The sound is uplifting and I am anxious to experience the musical dynamic of this unique family.

I hope to see you at the theater.

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