The bluegrass gospel band was first influenced to play by the father of one of its members. In fact, the group's first CD is dedicated to his memory, Rev. Sam Kennedy. Old timey, bluegrass gospel music remains the core element in the musical selections the group chooses to perform. The Marlboro Boys have performed in the Kinston Bluegrass Association several times, as well as in the Coastal Bluegrass Association. They are often seen in local festivals held by communities, fire departments, gospel sings, etc. The Marlboro Boys have also shared the stage with other well known traditional groups such as The Malpass Family.
Whether The Marlboro Boys are playing in local churches, nursing homes, community festivals, or family reunions, their goal is the same. They play to share the gospel through song, and it is rewarding to see how receptive the crowds have been to their style of bluegrass gospel music. The close, four-part harmony mixed with the sounds of banjo, mandolin, guitars, and dobro, always delivers a crowd-pleasing tune.
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