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The James River CutUps 

A Bluegrass band that not only performs some of the old songs that you may have forgotten, but they also acquaint you with some new Bluegrass sound. Their songs will take you back to the original classics, but you won’t just hear the traditional sound of Bluegrass. You’ll hear a wonderful blend of the old time with a modern undertone. With good old fashioned family harmony, the James River Cut-Ups promise to please.

Michael Ponton (vocals, mandolin)
I grew up in Roseland Virginia (Nelson County). Our family loves bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music. I would listen every chance I had to old bluegrass albums and eight track tapes. After begging for a long time, my dad got me a Martin guitar for Christmas when I was 15. Kenny, my younger brother, got a mandolin. We learned the basic chords and picked the rest up by ear. Every chance we got from working on the farm, we'd play our instruments and try to imitate that bluegrass sound and harmony. The only thing different today, is that Kenny now plays the guitar and I play mandolin. I thank God for my mom and dad (Lawrence & Addie Ponton) who encouraged us to play (Mom still encourages us today). Even though my dad is no longer with us in body, he is with us in spirit and his words of encouragement live on. I now make my home in Shipman Virginia (Nelson County) with my wife Julie and two stepsons John & Josh. When I am not practicing music, you can find me on the golf course.

Kenneth Ponton (vocals, guitar)
Music has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. As Mike has stated, we grew up on bluegrass. We did a lot of camping when we were growing up and most of the time we camped at bluegrass festivals. I reside in Amherst County with my wife Cindy my son Scott and daughter Christie. My oldest daughter Mandi lives in Charlottesville.

Ken Holley (bass)
Hello friends and music lovers this is Ken Holley. I am the newest member to the cut-ups playing the old doghouse bass,and tring to hold down the timing and beat as best as I can. I am from the Charlottesville area and have been playing music since I was in school and like the rest of the band I was also raised on bluegrass and gospel music. I hope everyone will come out and see the band live somewhere and hopefully we can do a tune that you like. So for now yall take care now ya hear!

Jered Gillispie (banjo)
Jered Gillispie hailing from somewhere in the woods of Albemarle County. I’ve been pickin that ol' five string banjer for about 4 years now. I used to be influenced by Earl Scruggs picking style for just a short while when I first started picking.... Then I heard that lonesome sound of Ralph Stanley's banjo pickin. That is who I try to mimic my style of picking after now. Notice I said try. But any who, I really enjoy picking for the James River Cuts Ups. They’re a great bunch of folks. Whoever might be reading this. come on out to where we’re pickin and we'll do you a few numbers you might like! Until then

Kimberly Ponton Rhodes (vocals, guitar)
Music has been a part of every stage of my life. I started singing in my church when I was very young. At home, my brothers, cousins and friends were constantly getting together to play music. Back then, I was just the nagging little sister who begged to sing with them. As an adult, I hope they think the begging was worth it.

Songlist: (Listen to a few selections that are underlined)

A BEAUTIFUL LIFE

AIN’T NOBODY GONNA MISS ME    

ASHES OF LOVE                               

BLOOM OFF THE ROSE

BLUE EYED DARLING                       

BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN HOME

BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY

BLUE VIRGINIA BLUE                              

BOOGER MULE (instrumental)                                

BRINGING MARY HOME                

BURY ME BENEATH THE WILLOW

CABIN ON THE HILL

CAROLYN THE TEENAGE QUEEN          

CHATTANOOGA DOG                       

CLINCH MOUNTAIN BACK STEP (instrumental)

CLINCH MOUNTAIN MYSTERY            

CRUZIN IN OVERDRIVE (instrumental)        

CUCKOO BIRD                                           

CRY OF THE WHIPPOOR WILL

CUMBERLAND RIVER

DANIEL PRAYED           

DAYBREAK IN DIXIE (instrumental)                      

DIG ALITTLE DEEPER

DIM LIGHTS THICK SMOKE

DOING MY TIME

DOOLEY                                              

DOWN TO THE RIVER TO PRAY

DOWN YONDER (instrumental)

DRIVIN NAILS                                   

EAST VIRGINIA BLUES

EIGHT MORE MILES TO LOUIVILLE

FEW OLD MEMORIES

FIELDS HAVE TURNED BROWN

FIREBALL MAIL

FOX ON THE RUN                           

FREE BORN MAN                                   

GIRL FROM SUNNY TENNESSE

GIRL FROM WEST VIRGINIA

GODS NOT DEAD                              
 
GOLD WATCH AND CHAIN

HARD GAME OF LOVE

HE TOOK YOU PLACE

HELP IS ON THE WAY

HIT PARADE OF LOVE                                         

HOW MOUNTAIN GIRLS CAN LOVE         
 
HUNDRED AND TEN DEGREES

HYMN FROM WAY BACK HOME

I JUST THINK I’LL GO AWAY          

I RODE AN ORPHAN TRAIN

I SAW THE LIGHT

I SEE GOD

I SHOULD’VE CALLED                                       

IF YOU DON’T LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR

I’LL FLY AWAY

I’LL STAY AROUND                                            

I’M BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU              

I’M USING MY BIBLE FOR A ROAD MAP                

IN THE GRAVEL YARD

IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE

IT’S MIGHTY DARK TO TRAVEL

I’VE JUST SEEN THE ROCK OF AGES

I’VE WAITING AS LONG AS I CAN

JIMMY BROWN                                  

JULIEANNE      

JACKSON RIVER BACK STEP (inst’l)(original)      

KATY DALEY                                     

KENTUCKY BORDER LINE               

LET EM KNOW I’M FROM VA            

LISTENING TO THE RAIN               

LITTLE BLACK TRAIN                       

LITTLE GEORGIA ROSE

LITTLE GIRL FROM TENNESSEE

LITTLE MAGGIE                                 

LITTLE MOUNTAIN CHURCH HOUSE

LONESOME PINE                                                

LONESOME OLD RIVER

LONG BLACK VEIL

LONG GONE

LOVE OF THE MOUNTAINS

MARY ANN

MATTERHORN                                

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER (instrumental)                       

MILWAUKEE HERE I COME

MISSISSIPPI RVER RAFT

OLD HOME PLACE                          

OLE JOE CLARK (instrumental)

OLE SLEW FOOT 

ONE RAIN DROP

PLEASE DON’T SAY IT                    

PRAYER BELLS OF HEAVEN

PREACHING PRAYING SINGING    
  
PRETTY POLLY                                

RAGTIME ANNIE (instrumental)

RAINING IN L. A.                                                    

RANK STRANGER                              

RED CLAY HALO

RIDIN ON THAT MIDNIGHT TRAIN    

ROCKY TOP

ROLLIN IN MY SWEET BABY ARMS

ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS    

ROSIE JONES

ROVING GAMBLER

SADIES GOT HER NEW DRESS ON

SATURDAY NIGHT IN CLAY CITY (instrumental)

SCARLETT PURPLE ROBE

SET YOU FIELDS ON FIRE

SHADY GROVE

SHE’S GONE GONE GONE    

STANLEY TRADITION                        
 
TAKE ME IN YOUR LIFE BOAT

TAKE THIS HAMMER

TENNESEE                                         

THE IN CROWD                                  

THE OLD OLD HOUSE                       

THINK OF WHAT YOU’VE DONE

THIS MORNING AT NINE

TODAY I STARTED LOVING YOU AGAIN

TRAIN 45                                             

VIOLET AND THE ROSE

WHEN GOD DIPS HIS PEN IN MY HEART

WHEN THE ANGELS CARRY ME HOME

WHY DO YOU WONDER

WILD BILL JONES                             

WILL HE WAIT A LITTLE LONGER

WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN

WINGS OF ANGELS

YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO HOME                                               

 

Chris Munson
20 South Productions
434-296-1600

chris@20south.net

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