New members to Cumberland Gap Connection

Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap ConnectionWe heard today from Mike Bentley with news about his group, Cumberland Gap Connection. Mike tells us that he has brought two new members on board, Jeff Smith on bass and Josh Brown on guitar. They join Mike on guitar, Rod Smith on banjo and Matt Hiser on mandolin.

The Kentucky-based band has two albums to their credit, and has a busy festival season booked for this summer.

Mike says that…

“I’m really excited to announce that Jeff and Josh have joined the band. These guys have just stepped right in and made it feel like they’ve been here all along. With any change in personnel, there’s usually a learning curve with the music, and individual personalities that you have to be work through, but these guys have made that transition period nearly non-existent. I can’t wait for everyone to hear what these guys can do musically, but more importantly, I’m excited for everyone to just meet and get to know what great people they both are.”

Going now as Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection, the guys are in the studio now finishing up a new project featuring the current lineup. Look for more news on that front soon.

You can keep up with their comings and goings at

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