The Blue Ridge Entertainers are getting noticed, and quickly. Lifelong musicians Coleman Akin (guitar, fiddle, vocal) and Kris Truelsen (mandolin, guitar, vocal) began performing as a duo in early 2013 and were soon engaging audiences with a diverse repertoire of American popular music including early country, blues, and ragtime. In their short time together, they have played several major festivals (Brooklyn Folk Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion), many TV and radio appearances (PBS’s Song of the Mountains, NPR’s Mountain Stage, Nashville’s Music City Roots, and Live and Breathing). The Entertainers are the official “house band” for the syndicated country radio program Farm and Fun Time, on WBCM, The Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s upcoming radio station, where they continue to play alongside America’s top country and roots music artists.
Recently, renowned old-time musician Roy Andrade (banjo, fiddle, vocal) joined the Entertainers. As a founding member of the Reeltime Travelers and assistant professor of old-time music at ETSU, he brings vast experience and knowledge of the music to the band and fills out the string band sound in just the right way. Together the trio brings to the stage a one-of-a-kind mix of virtuosic singing and playing that honors early country music, and the fact that musical traditions must be cared for and nurtured with fresh ideas.