Smith Sisters Bluegrass formed in 2016 at the suggestion of their dad (Fred Sherry Smith) an award winning singer and musician. It was at one of their last visits with him, they heard a charming bluegrass band at a Farmers Market in Northern California. Their dad turned to Kelli and said “you girls should really try bluegrass!” Having always loved bluegrass music it was something the girls thought to seriously consider! Although they are from “the South”… “Southern California” that is… the Smith Sisters knew their sound might not be “traditional bluegrass”… so this was something to contemplate… but Kelli couldn’t deny it any longer… the instrumentation she was hearing on her original tunes… indeed was bluegrass! It only took one suggestion from her dad and suddenly a light went on!!
The Smith Sisters released an album… in their dad’s honor… in 2017 entitled “Shoe Tree” and to continue their dad’s legacy the girls decided to go “all in” and form their band using their maiden name… Smith Sisters… thus Smith Sisters Bluegrass was born!
In 2018 they decided they had so many great stories about their mom, stories that happened with their mom and songs with traits they learned from her… they wanted to release these tunes in bluegrass. It was in August of 2018 their sophomore album entitled Momma! was released!
Kelli and her sister Wendi have been singing together their entire lives both for fun and professionally but their dad helped them realize true niche!
Since forming Smith Sisters Bluegrass has appeared live on the CBS morning television show “Good Day Sacramento;” received two 2016 Academia Awards a 2017 Josie Award nomination for Artist/Group of the Year in Folk/Bluegrass/Americana as well as two additional 2018 Josie Award nominations for both Album of the Year and Duo of the Year.
This singing/songwriting duo perform in both Southern and Northern California with future plans to tour the South and overseas. They have been featured guests on numerous radio stations including Lyons Radio Network (Love Liberty and Lipgloss AND It’s All Entertainment), Josie’s Country Blast Radio, Zetland FM Country (UK), Blackdog Morning Show WAAK 94.7 FM and Word of Mom Radio and many more! The latest of their accomplishments… their original song “Elvis on the Jukebox No One Else Around” received airplay on the world renowned radio stations iHeart Radio and BBC Radio!
In addition, two of Smith Sisters Bluegrass originals have charted on HotDisc UK. “Road to Rosie McCann” topping the chart at #6 and charting for 14 consecutive weeks on the Top 40 chart “Elvis on the Jukebox No One Else Around.”
This duo’s original and unique bluegrass style tells a story and can be heard on airwaves worldwide!
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Smith Sister Bluegrass duo has harmonies that are sweet and simply unmatched. Their performances combine both Classic Country and Original Bluegrass music with stories that engage their audiences. Fans say “it’s like you’re in their home hanging out in their living room singing along and listening to their fun stories!” “Smith Sisters Bluegrass music is charming, warm and familiar.”
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