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Ebby Jewell was taught  to play music by his older brother Shelby at a very young age. Since then Ebby has won numerous picking contests on banjo, mandolin, guitar, and fiddle.  In between engagements with The Bluegrass Kinsmen, Ebby toured with Fisher and Company and  filled in on banjo and mandolin for some notable bands such as IIIrd Tyme Out, The Country Gentlemen and James King. In 2008 Ebby received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tazewell County Fiddlers’ Convention.

In 1971 Shelby and Ebby put together a band consisting of themselves, 2nd cousin Ervin Mullins, and distant cousins James Cole and Claude Mitchell. Gene Little, a DJ and station manager at WRIC  in Richlands, VA at the time, suggested that since they were all related and they played bluegrass music exclusively, it was only natural to name the band “The Bluegrass Kinsmen.”

The Kinsmen now have 6 albums to their credit and over 50 musicians have played for the band over the years. Perhaps The Bluegrass Kinsmen are best known for some of their more notable alumni such as  Billy Baker, Wayne Taylor (Blue Highway), Darrell Webb, and Robert Hale. The band was mentioned in the April 2013 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited in an article about Billy Baker, who played fiddle for many great bandmasters including Bill Monroe and Del McCoury. Billy also played fiddle for The Bluegrass Kinsmen and was featured on their first album in 1979 on the Old Homestead label. (This album was re-released on CD in 2006 with the title Curtain Call.)