In a scant six years, the phenomenal family bluegrass band Cherryholmes went from an essentially snap decision to learn instruments and start a band to earning the International Bluegrass Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award (in 2005). A couple of Grammy nominations and bluegrass-chart-topping albums later, Cherryholmes is still setting the woods on fire with its raging instrumental work, melodically sophisticated songs, adept storytelling, enthralling vocal leads and harmonies, and charismatic energy. All six Cherryholmes compose and play: Dad Jere (bass), mom Sandy (mandolin), daughters Cia (banjo) and Molly (fiddle), sons B.J. (fiddle) and Skip (guitar). Highlights on their latest album, Don't Believe (Skaggs Family), include an assortment of well-crafted love and betrayal songs by Cia, Molly, and B.J., a couple of rousing instrumentals, a wrenching and thought-provoking tune by Cia about a mother sending her son off to war, plus a fine cover of the Burritos' "Devil in Disguise."
Sun., Oct. 26, 7 p.m., 2008