Sam Gleaves & Berea Bluegrass Ensemble
Appalachia in the Bluegrass goes online this year with weekly streamed performances!
Sam Gleaves was born and raised in Wytheville, Virginia where he began playing music as a teenager with the help of local mentor Jim Lloyd, a multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and barber. Lloyd introduced Gleaves to nationally recognized ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams who shared with Gleaves the old “love songs” of her community tradition. Rooted in Appalachian sounds, Gleaves’ songwriting sings of contemporary rural life and social issues.
The Berea Bluegrass Ensemble provides students with the opportunity to improve their individual and collective musical skills through performing in a traditional bluegrass band format. The overall style and character of the ensemble will reflect the actual abilities and preferences of the ongoing membership of the group. Under the direction of the instructor, students will actively participate in song selection and instrumental and vocal arrangements, thereby giving each member the authentic experience of performing in a working bluegrass band.