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Olivia Smiley

  • Upcoming bluegrass artist Olivia Smiley has already obtained the titles of Kentucky & Ohio State Fiddle Champion & Governor's Cup Winner twice each.  In addition, she was also the Indiana State Champion & Governor's Cup winner, three-time winner of the Indiana State Fair, and was runner-up at the prestigious Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, two times.  Most recently, Olivia was a top-ten finalist in the Grand Masters Fiddle Championship held in conjunction with IBMA's World of Bluegrass for the second consecutive year.  A classically trained musician, Olivia fell in love with bluegrass music at the age of 14, and released her first solo album in 2005.  Playing music has allowed Olivia the opportunity to play many wonderful venues.  She has graced Grand Old Opry stage with Pam Tillis and just completed the 2009 tour with Larry Sparks.  Olivia Smiley & Main Street have appeared at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Bean Blossom, the Miami University Artist Series,  Indianapolis State Fair, Corydon's  "Bluegrass on the Square" and the WHAS TV "Crusade for Children" telecast.   

    Olivia Smiley has gathered together great musicians from all around Indiana to perform as a new up-and-coming bluegrass group on the just released the CD Bright Lights and Avenues. On this CD is Jeff Guernsey, at home on any instrument but adds his impeccable guitar playing and vocals to this mix. After competing and winning his way through fiddle championships throughout the United States, he went on the road playing fiddle for Steve Wariner and Vince Gill for many years.   Jeff is on Vince Gill's album High Lonesome Sound, Michael Cleveland's award-winning Let 'er Go Boys! and Sawing on the C String among many others.  Olivia's greatest musical influence and the producer of her 2005 CD, Jeff is well-respected among all musicians.  Multi-instumentalists Klint Brown and Kolin Brown have been playing bluegrass music for most of their young lives, and it shows.  Having played with many bluegrass bands in and around Indiana, including Troubled Waters, they are well-respected musicians.  Klint’s tasteful fills and driving rolls on the banjo, and Kolin’s great rhythm on the bass are on this CD.  Their versatility make them a great addition to any band.  Special guest, Michael Cleveland, is a six-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Fiddle Player of the Year award. Mike has also won Instrumental Album of the Year awards and Instrumental Band of the Year awards.  On this recording, Mike lends his mandolin talents, which are not in short supply.

     

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