Matt Hiser to Cumberland Gap Connection

Matt HiserCumberland Gap Connection has announced a new member. Matt Hiser, from Spanishburg, WV, is coming onboard to play mandolin.

He joins Mike Bentley on guitar, Rod Smith on banjo, Bryan Russell on bass, and Albon Clevenger on fiddle. John Dig A Hole, from their 2013 album, Another Song, is currently #16 on our Bluegrass Today Weely Airplay Chart.

Matt says there was never any doubt about making the commitment.

“From the first call, I knew joining CGC was the right decision for me. Every one of the guys have welcomed me into the band and have made me feel at home. I can let my ‘hair’ down, if I had any, and have fun.

Being around such high caliber musicians and vocalists is great, and I’m looking forward to a long future with Cumberland Gap Connection. Thanks guys for inviting me into your little family.”

And Bentley said the feeling was mutual.

Mike Bentley“We are really excited to have Matt join Cumberland Gap Connection!

Whenever there’s a change in the band, you’re always a little nervous about being able to find the right person to fill the spot, but the first time we picked with Matt we were all set at ease.

He’s an awesome musician and an even better person, and we’re honored to have him as a member of CGC!”

You can keep up with their comings and goings at the band’s web site.

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