May 27 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Teresa Jewell

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Teresa Stutso Jewell, born May 27th, a member of The Bluegrass Kinsmen. Ebby Jewell who is the band leader sings harmony and plays banjo, primarily, but is very accomplished on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle as well. Band members include his wife Teresa who sings lead and tenor, Ervin Compton who plays guitar and sings lead and harmony, Ricky Kennedy who plays bass and sings baritone, Ryan Lester who plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony, and Dean Jackson who plays lead guitar and sings lead. Having such versatile singing allows the band to perform a variety of bluegrass songs, mostly traditional but also some folk and gospel music.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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