Cherryholmes IV: Common Threads – 2010 (Skaggs Family)

Reviewed by Kevin Oliver

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The fascinating journey of Cherryholmes family band has captivated bluegrass audiences for more than 10 years, but it's the number four that sums up their latest effort. As in album number four from the four-time Grammy nominated band that features four young but rapidly maturing stars in the making. Sandy and Jere Cherryholmes' most well-known child is perhaps Cia, who has sung lead vocals and written a number of their more prominent tunes. She takes the leadoff spot here with When It's Not With Me Every Day, but her siblings fill out the album with some of their most accomplished work to date.

Youngest sister Molly gets her turn in the spotlight with Live It, showcasing a tender voice that fits her still-tender years, and big brother B.J. Shows off a songwriting tendency toward Blue Highway's brooding spirituality on Idle Minds) and Making Pretend.

Unlike many well-known family bands, the principals in Cherryholmes haven't been playing together as a group their whole lives (though for the younger children, it probably feels that way), but they sure have made up for lost time. How Far Will You Goasks, "How far will you go 'til you know who you are?" One could argue quite successfully that the Cherryholmes family has already traveled that distance, and now they are arriving in style.