Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes play old time country music and newly written songs from the Appalachian mountains.  

Sam and Tyler's programs feature fiddle and banjo hoedowns, close mountain harmonies, stories of all kinds, Carter Family-inspired autoharp and guitar, country gospel songs, lonesome ballads and flatfoot dancing. As a duo, Sam and Tyler also write and perform contemporary songs that tell stories from present day Appalachia. Sam and Tyler have performed at venues and festivals throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Old Songs Festival, The State Fair of Virginia, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and others. They have appeared on West Virginia Public Radio's Mountain Stage and Lexington, Kentucky's Red Barn Radio (broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television). The duo released their first record SAM GLEAVES & TYLER HUGHES on the Community Music, INC label in June 2017. Two-time Grammy award winner Cathy Fink produced the recording which has been featured by The Old Time Herald, No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation, fROOTS Magazine and others.


Southwest Virginia natives Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes transport listeners to the hills of contemporary Appalachia. The duo blend their close vocal harmonies with expert accompaniment on banjo, guitar, autoharp, fiddle and mandolin and a deep respect for their traditions. Like their ancestral neighbors of the Carter Family, Sam and Tyler choose songs rooted in their region that are genuine and varied. Produced by two-time Grammy winning artist Cathy Fink, this record presents heartfelt country duets, fiddle and banjo hoedowns, comedy songs, rousing gospel numbersand labor movement anthems. "Stockyard Hill" and "When We Love" are two thoughtful songs written by the duo that challenge Appalachian stereotypes. 


(RELEASED JUNE 16,2017) 

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