In the early 60s, folk music was a hot ticket to fame - that is until The Beatles' appearance in the United States left singer/songwriter Jerre Haskew to fall from the ladder of stardom.
Jerre didn’t let that keep him down for long. His home on Elder Mountain, which sits at the top of the bluff 1,890 feet above sea level, is affectionately adorned with lions reminding him of his 1964 hit ‘A Lion Named Sam’.
“I wrote it (with wife Barbara writing a couple of lines) because as a kid, I had a lion as an imaginary playmate and I liked the song ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’. The whole thing is about the power of imagination,” Jerre maintains.
His father Sam was the inspiration for the name. Jerre remembers his father being outgoing and generous. “Dad was a man of tremendous values, raised in a Methodist family near a place c ... Keep Reading...
Holly Haskew Tambling's Bonus Track studio recording of Fiery Gizzard Blues from our Back Where We Began live reunion concert CD was the most requested song on radio station DR P7 Mix in Copenhagen, Denmark for the month of August! Holly is the daughter of Jerre and Barbara Haskew.The Trio's original 1964 RCA recording of Barbara's haunting I Wish I Were A Babe is # 5 and climbing on the Folk Station Charts for the huge Internet Radio site www.GotRadio.com for the month of September! There is also a feature for September on The Cumberland Trio on their Folk Station. The Trio's Back Where We Began CD is # 3 on the requested play charts of a huge FM station in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The Trio's music is now being actively played on over 750 FM radio stations around the World and also on the folk & Americana stations on XM Satel ... Keep Reading...
The story of the Cumberland Trio is the story of a dream that would not die, but was willing to take a long nap. Read about this famous cult folk band, touring 40 yrs on.
In the early 1960’s, at the height of the American Folk Revival, a quartet of friends and fraternity brothers came together as a band. Finding immediate success, but then falling victim to the poor business practices of others, these former college friends once again found their voices in the 21st century.
Formation and Early Career
The Cumberland Trio is not a Trio at all, but a quartet. However, it was not always this way. The band came together at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1962.
As guitarist Jerre Haskew says in a recent interview with Suite101, “In the fall of 1962, a freshman, Andy Garverick, joined the frat [Delta Tau Delta]. He wa ... Keep Reading...
Tennessee’s own Cumberland Trio is set to give a rare performance at The Chattanooga Theatre Center in Coolidge Park on Saturday Night.
One member of the group, Jerre Haskew, told the Hamilton Place Rotary Club on Wednesday that they were eager to support the driver’s awareness program started by Chattanoogan Judy Appleby.
“MAKUS has taken off, not only here, but all around the country. They are doing important work and we want to help them raise awareness and raise money,” Mr. Haskew said.
The singer/songwriter/guitarist also shared with the Rotarians the path that led his folk trio to fame.
Four frat boys (only three sing in the group, thus the “trio”) at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville organized the group in the early 1960’s. After playing several school events and local venues, the Cumberland Trio en ... Keep Reading...
Memories of times past, the gifts of what we have today and dreams that hold the promise of the future-this is what anniversaries are all about.
This is what "A Lion Named Sam" is all about, too. "A Lion Named Sam" is a song-and now a storybook-about a young boy and his imaginary playmate. The two "roam the whole world wide" and share great adventures.
In 1963, when Jerre and Barbara Haskew were college students at the University of Tennessee, Jerre was a folk singer and member of a popular group known as The Cumberland Trio. The ensemble developed a large following, performing on ABC's "Hootenanny" show three times. "A Lion Named Sam" always was a crowd favorite.
Years passed, careers changed and families grew…while Sam remained a treasured memory. Barbara, now provost and vice president for academic affairs at Middle Tennesse ... Keep Reading...
In 1964 the Cumberland Trio was on the edge of a dream.
The group (actually three singers and a bass player) was made up of University of Tennessee students Jerre Haskew, Andy Gaverick, Tom Kilpatrick and Jim Shuptrine. The young men had just had a successful spot on the ABC-TV program "Hootenanny," had played for enthusiastic audiences at college campuses, and were awaiting the release of their debut album.
The group was prepared to join the Kingston Trio; Peter, Paul and Mary; the Chad Mitchell Trio and other collegiate folk groups as a top-selling music act.
Yet before the year was out the dream was over. The group's record company went bankrupt, and in a span of a few months folk groups went out of fashion. The Cumberland Trio's unreleased album gathered dust. The group split, its members pursuing nonmusical careers.
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Those of you who were on the Knoxville campus in the early 60's have no doubt heard of the Cumberland Trio. The popular folk-singing team of UT students made quite a splash during its brief three-year career.
They played their first gig in 1963 in the small-group competition at UT's annual Carnicus. Shortly after, they won first place at the 1963 National Collegiate Folk Festival. It wasn't long before they were performing on Hootenanny, the ABC-TV series that spotlighted folk music.
"Hootenanny would film shows at college campuses," says Jerre Haskew ('64), a member of the Trio. "In January 1964 the show was filmed at the UT Animal Sciences Exhibit Arena."
Three performances on that show garnered them a large following. They were onstage with such music greats as a young Paul Simon (later of Simon and Garfunkel), Carly ... Keep Reading...
There are as many stories about bands and individuals who almost made it as there are musicians. But the tale of The Cumberland Trio is unique because of the route it took, the abrupt end that befell it and the life it took on after the group ended back in 1965.
Thirty-seven years after recording 15 songs for an album that was produced by none other than Chet Atkins, The Cumberland Trio has released its first record. The CD contains 14 songs from the RCA recording with Atkins and another nine songs from a live show recorded at the Pump Room in Knoxville in 1963 and other recording sessions.
The Trio was actually a quartet featuring Andy Garverick, Jerre Haskew, Tom Kilpatrick and Jim Shuptrine. Haskew and Shuptrine are Chattanooga products. The four met while students at UT-Knoxville.
Their first show was a Greek-sponsore ... Keep Reading...
If the courtship and nearly 38-year marriage of Jerre and Barbara Haskew reads a bit like a fairy tale, that's because it is like one. In fact, if all were privy to the facts, it's likely that the Haskews - in addition to being selected as "Torchbearers" of the Class of '62 at the University of Tennessee - would also land "Most Likely to Live Happily Ever After." Provided, that it, that there were such an award.
By his own admission, Jerre describes himself as "the luckiest man in the world to be her husband." And while he is infinitely proud to boast that Dr. Barbara Haskew is his Mrs., most Middle Tennesseans are probably more familiar with his wife's professional role as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Middle Tennessee State University.
After all, it is Dr. Haskew's professional career within business ... Keep Reading...
Once upon a time ... an imaginary lion named Sam leapt into the lives of Jerre and Barbara Haskew. The friendly feline arrived in the form of a children's song Jerre wrote in 1963 - "A Lion named Sam." Now 37 years later, Barbara and Jerre are celebrating Sam's return.
Once upon a time ... an imaginary lion named Sam leapt into the lives of Jerre and Barbara Haskew.
The friendly feline arrived in the form of a children's song Jerre wrote in 1963 - "A Lion named Sam."
Now 37 years later, Barbara and Jerre are celebrating Sam's return.
As provost and vice president of academic affairs at MTSU, Barbara recently revived her husband's song as a storybook so she could provide their children - now 36 and 29 - and their grandchildren with a piece of Jerre's past.
"They've seen his guitar and they've seen him play, but they real ... Keep Reading...
This CD brought back old memories. On Labor Day week-end we listened to it from Murfreesboro TN to Atlanta GA. It’s a great CD. I will buy more for gifts.
Review from cdbaby
The Cumberland Trio were one of the finest groups to emerge from the 60’s Folk Boom. This album was recorded at the zenith of that boom and its stillbirth (due to the Beatles tsunami) makes it a sort of “Lost City of Atlantis.” To finally have it released is a joy–we all owe the CT a great debt. This is a must-have for any collection.
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Robert Morgan Fisher
Extraordinary recording, tight driving American folk at its populist roots
In the time of legends, Spring, 1963, four young fraternity brothers calling themselves the Cumberland Trio (math majors they ain’t)brought down the house at a University of Tennessee campus band showcase with their tight-driving all American blend of bluegrass, gospel, and seeds-of-rock, and landed a contract with RCA, where their 1964 Nashville recordings were produced by the legendary Chet Atkins. The group has re-r…
Cindy Hill/CD Reviews
Back Where We Began
I LOVE THIS MUSIC!!! This feelgood CD reminds me of a simpler life with family and friends. Upbeat, warm and sincere dialog combined with talented solos and incredible vocal harmony make for great listening. These are truly gifted artists with a genuine love for their music! Highly recommended!!!
Review from cdbaby
Lost and THANK HEAVENS Found
I am a lover of folk music and have been for 50 (!) years. I am so thrilled to have found
this group. They have such beautiful, tight harmony and strong individual voices. The
instrumental work is prodigious…especially the banjo. I love the Beatles, but their arrival
was a disaster for lovers of folk music. Thank you, CD Baby, for giving us back the Cumberland Trio.
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“Just close your eyes..”
Just hit “play” on your remote, close your eyes, and within only a few seconds you’re transported back to that special time when clean cut young men with their guitars and banjos hovered around a single microphone and sang tight three part harmonies with vibrant energy. If you remember that time or want to experience it, this Cumberland Trio album is a “must have”. Especially noteworthy are Tom Kilpatrick’s soaring tenor voice and Jim Shuptrine’s sharp, staccato banjo…
Love the music. Lots of memories.
I wish I could hear more music like this everyday.
Review from cdbaby
a combination of 60s commercial and traditional acoustic folk music, with a bluegrass, blues and gospel style, as well as exceptional and unique solo and harmony vocals.
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Dreaming of college folk
If you like the college folk of the sixties, this is a great album. Like the Brothers Four or Kingston Trio, but different. Nice balance between mellow and brightness. Relax and remember those lovely years at university.
Review from cdbaby
Great Music! Brings back fond memories of folk music in the 60’s.
Wonderful mix of funny, up-tempo and slow songs with great harmony.
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The Cumberland Trio is now in its 50th year of existence. Recently an old reel-to-reel tape copy of its May 1964, New York City Recording sessions at storied Gotham Studios was discovered after a 49 year search. The album was More Info »
The Cumberland Trio's Reunion Concert, held November 9, 2001 at the Bijou Theatre Center in Knoxville, TN, is now available on double CD for a special introductory offer of just $12.00 including shipping and handling. Download The Full CD Disc One 1. Intro More Info »
The Double CD "Back Where We Began" includes a complete set list of 29 songs, many of which will be performed by the Trio on June 17 at Riverbend. The Double CD was recorded live and the Trio is proud More Info »
The DVD"Back Where We Began" includes a complete set list of 29 songs, many of which will be performed by the Trio on June 17 at Riverbend. The DVD has great video and audio live recordings, and the Trio is More Info »