Chad Hurley to Cumberland Gap Connection

Chad HurleyMike Bentley has announced that Chad Hurley will be the new mandolinist with Cumberland Gap Connection.

He takes the spot vacated by Matthew Hiser, who is leaving to take advantage of an opportunity with his day job, one which leaves him without the time to commit fully to the band.

Chad joins Bentley on guitar and lead vocals, Rod Smith on banjo, and Jeff Smith on bass. A life long musician, Hurley is comfortable with all of the instruments in the bluegrass band, and has a good 30 years under his belt on mandolin. His home is in Hurley, VA, just where the state meets up with Kentucky and West Virginia, and has been performing with bluegrass and Gospel groups in that area for some time.

He’ll officially join the band when they play December 3 at the Millard Middle School in Pikeville, KY.

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