Stetson and Cia

Cia Cherryholmes has been burning up YouTube this past few weeks, posting “home movie-style” videos of herself with her new musical collaborator, Stetson Adkisson. The pair have teamed up in a new venture, called appropriately enough, Stetson & Cia.

Both are talented singers and songwriters, and partnered after finding themselves simpatico in both realms. The new duo will focus on creating accessible music that walks the line between progressive bluegrass and acoustic country. Recording for a debut project begins this week.

Cia, of course, is the eldest of the Cherryholmes siblings that took the bluegrass world by storm in recent years. There she distinguished herself as a powerful banjo player and vocalist, and increasingly as a songwriter over the course of the band’s last few albums. She is also the last of the four to announce her post-Cherryholmes plans, with brother B.J. now playing fiddle with Dailey & Vincent, Skip having started his own band, and younger sister Molly branching out into pop music.

Stetson released a debut solo album in 2006 that caught the ear of some prominent folks in Nashville, and first met Cia in a chance encounter through a Music City producer with whom they have both worked.

Their record will focus on what brought them together: two voices that blend well in harmony, and the raw power of their original songs backed simply by guitar and banjo.

Here’s a look at one of their songs on video, I’m Not The One.

Stetson & Cia’s official premier is scheduled for tomorrow (9/15) when the two will perform live at 9:30 a.m. (EDT) on Bill Cody’s morning show on WSM, broadcasting at 650 AM in middle Tennessee, and online live worldwide.

They are booking now for 2012 and beyond, represented by Sheri Clark Media.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.