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The Cumberland Trio’s Unique Sound July 8, 1964

GATLINBURG, Tennessee - Folk Music's most popular and recognizable feature is the three-part harmony that most folk groups enjoy.  Some of them carry off this close knit vocal sound better than others, as finding three voices that can carry the harmonies while blending in to sound almost in unison is very difficult. The Cumberland Trio's brand of blended harmony is a one in a thousand occurrence, and when knowledgeable listeners first hear them perform, they immediately recognize and appreciate their incredibly smooth and close harmony vocals.  Interestingly, despite their ability to sound as one, each of the Trio's three singing members possesses his own distinctive vocal characteristics.  The Trio, with bassist Jim Shuptrine's guidance, has also arranged complicated crossover harmonies, similar those of the Four Freshman, and inco ...
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Cumberland Trio Cops Folk Title December 31, 1963

KNOXVILLE (UPI) -- The Cumberland Trio, a folk singing group from the University of Tennessee, walked off with top honors in the National Collegiate Folk Festival at Jackonsville, Fla, over the weekend before 10,000 people at the new Jacksonville Coliseum.  They won first prize over 14 other talented folk acts from across the nation. The winners received a $1000 college scholarship for their school and $600 in prize money to divide among themselves. Middlesboro Daily News December 31, 1963 ...
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