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Cherryholmes was an American bluegrass band from Los Angeles, California, made up of six members of the Cherryholmes family: father Jere (Pop), mother Sandy Lee, daughters Cia Leigh and Molly Kate, and sons B.J. and Skip.

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The Cherryholmes Family
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California
Years active1999 (1999)–2011 (2011)
LabelsSkaggs Family Records
Past membersJere Cherryholmes (Pop), Sandy Lee Cherryholmes, Cia Leigh Cherryholmes, Molly Kate Cherryholmes, B.J. Cherryholmes, Skip Cherryholmes
Cherryholmes on stage in 2007


Shelly, the twenty-year-old daughter of Jere and Sandy Lee, died unexpectedly in March 1999. In April, Jere and Sandy Lee took the family to a local bluegrass festival, after which they and their children started learning to play bluegrass music. Jere already played electric bass and acoustic guitar. Sandy played many instruments including guitar, piano, and some fiddle and mandolin. Cia, 15, began learning guitar. B.J., 11, and Molly, 7, began the fiddle. Skip, 9, began the mandolin. Jere switched to upright bass and Sandy took the mandolin.

They began playing in April; in July they auditioned, and were hired, for their first gig at Oak Tree Village, Oak Glen in the San Bernardino Mountains. From then they played regularly as amateurs at bluegrass venues and festivals throughout southern California and Arizona.

They turned professional in 2000. In 2002, they sold their home, purchased a 26-foot travel trailer, and took their show to audiences in the Midwest and the East. They earned enough in the first year to buy their first tour bus. In spring of 2003, they went to Nashville, Tennessee to make their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

They signed with Skaggs Family Records (owned by musician Ricky Skaggs) in 2005. They were nominated for the IBMA categories 'Entertainers of the Year' and 'Emerging Artist of the Year' fall of 2005, winning 'Entertainers of the Year'.

Columbia Artist Management (CAMI) in New York City booked them into theaters and performing arts centers and eventually into performances with symphony orchestras around the country. They traveled nearly a million miles in their tour bus, playing at many bluegrass, country, roots and rock venues, including Lincoln Center in New York City, Bonnaroo and CMA Music Festival in Tennessee, Stage Coach in California, and the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

Cherryholmes toured Switzerland, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Maritimes, and the Caribbean. They performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry. During their career, they received five Grammy nominations and a Dove Award nomination. Their songs appeared on Gaither Music CDs and DVDs. They have appeared on various PBS specials including the award-winning Bluegrass Underground. In March 2006 their story was featured in a Billy Graham Television special.

On January 12, 2011, Cherryholmes announced that they would disband, saying that the younger members needed to choose their own paths without the extreme interdependence that exists in a family business.

Cherryholmes performed their last show together on May 7, 2011 in Galax, Virginia. Cia, B.J., Skip, and Molly went on to pursue individual careers.

In 2014, the band reunited for a performance on 26 September 2015 at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival in Manteo, North Carolina. [1][2] However, the last days of the festival were canceled due to weather. Four band members - Skip, Cia, Jere, and Sandy - were scheduled to perform a "Cherryholmes & Friends" replacement show at a nearby coffee house. [3]


Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Grass US Country US
Still a Little Rough Around the Edges
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: self-released
Dressed for Success
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: self-released
Bluegrass Vagabonds
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: self-released
  • Release date: September 27, 2005
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
3 74
Cherryholmes II: Black and White
  • Release date: June 12, 2007
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
Cherryholmes III: Don't Believe
  • Release date: September 30, 2008
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
3 48 12
Cherryholmes IV: Common Threads
  • Release date: June 1, 2010
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
1 25
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ "Exclusive Cherryholmes Family Reunion Planned for 2015". 9 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  2. ^ "2015 Festival Schedule". Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Exclusive Cherryholmes Family Reunion Planned for 2015". 25 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.

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