Cumberland Blue was formed in the fall of 2012 when a group of young musical misfits came together in Nashville for a random jam session. The evening would start without a lot of talking; however a “musical conversation” would shortly ensue and immediately lay the foundation and creative bond between Yates McKendree (keys), Duncan King (drums), Grant Smith (fiddle) and Hank Compton (guitar). However, the band would now need a special voice to deliver their message. After an undeniable audition, powerhouse vocalist Chloe Kohanski joined the band and completed the circle. At that moment they became Cumberland Blue.
Deriving their name from the Cumberland River that runs through the heart Music City and their deep respect and love of the Blues, Cumberland Blue would soon find itself representing the Nashville Blues Society at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee.
This experience would solidify the bands commitment to their music and would lead to a very busy live show schedule in 2013.
Twelve months later Cumberland Blue would find them back in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge again, however this time they would be performing some of their own original music with overwhelming response from a packed house at Club 152.
The overwhelming response to their original songs along with newly added bassist, Rocky Block would give them the spark needed to start the process of recording their own unique blend of music while still respecting their musical roots.
With influences that range from Rock, Blues, Country and Americana music Cumberland Blue has a unique style that is fresh, youthful and exciting.
Currently, Cumberland Blue is in the final stages of completing their 6 song cd comprised of all original music. Entitled “Awakening”, the cd will be available to the public in July 2014.