Cumberland Blue won the Nashville Blues Society Blues Challenge Youth Division on November 18, 2012. They head to Memphis for the International Blue Challenge in January. NBS Blues News wrote:
Our youth band entry, Cumberland Blue, tore the house down with their great perfromance. Listening to them, you would never guess that the average age of this band is 14! They will represent Nashville in the IBC Youth Showcase.
Cumberland Blue formed in the fall of 2012 when a group of young blues musicians decided to start something new based on their love for the deep roots of blues music. Lead by vocal powerhouse Chloe Kohanski they show their old blues souls in every song. Duncan King provides powerful, groove laden percussion along with heart pounding bass from Greggory Garner. Grant Smith adds a spicy touch with his unique blues fiddle. Hank Compton and Jackson Thatcher provide tasteful and searing guitar. Rounding out the band is Keyboard prodigy Yates McKendree keeping the ivories dancing! This band will surprise you and have you dancing with their fresh blues approach based on the blues masters of the past.
Members of Cumberland Blue are: Chloe Kohanski-Vocals, Duncan King-Drums, Yates McKendree-Keys, Grant Smith-Blues Fiddle, Greggory Garner-Bass, Hank Compton-Guitar, Jackson Thatcher-Guitar.