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While it may seem like the relationship between gospel and bluegrass is as close as two musical styles can get, Kenny and Amanda Smith are taking that bond to a whole new level. With the release of their new album "Tell Someone," their third on Rebel Records, the husband-and-wife duo from the little town of Meadows of Dan, tucked into the southwest corner of Virginia near Galax (which boasts the nation's longest-continuously running fiddle convention, now in its 70th year), are embarking on a new journey as well. Their strong Christian faith has been in place for a number of years, but they've never fully divulged it on record.  ...
Despite an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Emerging Artist Award under their belts and two accomplished albums behind them, Kenny & Amanda Smith - co-founders of the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band - have not forgotten their roots. The high and lonesome married singers still love a good old-fashioned 'pick' to the point where this summer, they scheduled a break in their tour to jam and hang out with some old time fiddlers. Calling from Galax, Va., the Smiths are camping out with a flock of fiddlers, enjoying some all-night picking sessions at the 70th Annual Old Fiddler's Convention.  ...
For Kenny and Amanda Smith, 2003 was a year of excitement and anticipation as they recorded and looked forward to releasing their debut on Virginia-based Rebel Records, "House Down The Block" (out Jan. 20). An added surprise came in the fall when they won the Emerging Artist Award at the annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards in Louisville. "We were very excited," Amanda says, enjoying time off the road at home in the Blue Ridge of southern Virginia. "That award  ...

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