Black Diamond Strings
Unequalled in Both Tone and Strength Since 1890
Black Diamond family members say Farewell
Like the rest of the Bluegrass world, we are sadden to hear that the Cherryholmes group has decided to disband. Below is their official statement. We thank the family for some great music and memories and we can't wait to see what's next...
We want to let you all know that "Cherryholmes" (the group) is officially disbanding. Our final performances will be on May 6 at the Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival in Denton, NC and May 7 at Houstonfest in Galax, VA. Many of you have watched us from the beginning. You've seen our children grow into young adults. Though it is bittersweet, there comes a time in a family when seasons change. We've always known this season would come. Now that it has, we believe it is only right that our young folks be allowed to follow their own dreams and goals for the future. With spouses to consider and differing career aspirations, they deserve the freedom to choose their own paths without the extreme interdependence that exists in a family business. Nearly twelve years ago, God sent our family on an amazing adventure. We are blessed to have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles, playing the music we've created and loved. We've seen the beauty of our great country as well as much of the world. We've met and made true friendships with our icons. It has been an honor to receive several Grammy nominations and Entertainer awards. Of course, the honor of regularly performing on the Grand Ole Opry is the pinnacle of our experiences. We all look forward to the next chapter of our adventure. First, we want to thank Ricky Skaggs and our friends at Skaggs Family Records for all they have done to help us ñ for believing in us, encouraging us, praying for us, and working long hours to help us get our music out.
We want to thank our agent Toby Tumarkin and the staff at Columbia Artist Management for getting us into some of the most beautiful theaters in the country, for opening the doors to symphony performances, and for our wonderful experiences in the UK.
We also want to express our sincere appreciation to Black Diamond, First Quality Music, Dana Bourgeois, Gibson, Frank Daniels, and Steve Huber for allowing us to have the very best in products and instruments. Most of all, we want to thank all of you, our friends and fans, for your love and support over the years. It has been our privilege to be allowed to entertain you. Please check our schedule for performances through May 6 and 7. We hope to see you there or somewhere down the trail. God bless you, Jere and Sandy Cherryholmes and the Cherryholmes Family.
BD Runs into Vintage Trouble at NAMM
Every NAMM show uncovers something unexpected. This year it came in the form of the band VIntage Trouble. After meeting the guys and hearing their Black Diamond stories, we immediately added them to the BD family.
Vintage Trouble, based in Los Angeles, is the brainchild of Ty Taylor (vocal) and Nalle Colt (guitar). Combining their love for original soul and rhythm & blues, the two set up a basic home studio in Venice Beach and started crafting the beginnings of Vintage Trouble. Already a friend of both, Rick Barrio Dill (bass) came along and added his shared bass influences and energy into the newly formed project. To make the band complete, Richard Danielson (drums) was recruited not long after to add the authentic and edgy take that was needed on the drums. With these collective energies and inputs in place, a new kind of soul band had been born with unlimited creativity and force.