The Church Sisters

The Church SistersProcrastination alert… this is a piece I’ve been meaning to write for weeks. Months even.

You can mark this down as one of those “power of World of Bluegrass” stories, where it happened that I had to go to Nashville to discover a trio of super-talented siblings who live only a short distance from my home in southwestern Virginia.

Savannah and Sarah Church, are teen-aged twins in Danville, VA who sing with a power and authority rarely found in such young artists. Savannah plays fiddle and Sarah mandolin. They perform, along with their brother Seth on guitar, as The Church Sisters. They had been invited Showcase Artists at IBMA in 2009, and I was given a two song demo this past year that shows how much these talented youngsters have grown artistically in a short space of time.

They have begun to turn some heads in the business, and were recently featured on the Mark Twain – Words & Music CD, produced by Carl Jackson.

Here are the girls at IBMA last year, singing this lovely song from David Davis, and Stanley/Harlon Wilemon, with the assistance of band mate Carroll Arnn.


And again, with Rhonda Vincent, last October.


Could Savannah Church follow in the footsteps of another young fiddler and vocalist who made a name for herself as a teen, and went on to rewrite the record books in the music industry? Keep an eye on her – and Sarah and Seth – and we’ll all find out together.

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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.