Cumberland River is ‘Justified’ for Bluegrass Festival [Concert Preview]

Cumberland River will join more than a dozen nationally renowned musicians live on stage at the first ever Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival in Manteo this October.

Cumberland River wil be live in concert at the 2012 Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival. (photo: Hope River)

Cumberland River wil be live in concert at the 2012 Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival. (photo: Hope River)

Formed in Harlan County, Kentucky in 2009, the band has crafted a unique sound that pleases both the younger generation of bluegrass fans and more traditional lovers of the genre.

Cumberland River’s music has been featured in three episodes of the hit FX Network television series Justified, after the band was invited to perform for the show’s writers and producers in 2010. With only 24 hours notice, they wrote “Justified” as a gift to the show and received a standing ovation from the writers and producers. 

An instrumental version of the original song was used in the opening scene of the March 2, 2011 episode, and viewers got a full dose of Cumberland River when five more of their songs were used during the first 30 minutes of the Apri 6, 2011 episode.  

Timothy Olyphant stars in the FX Network series 'Justified'.

Timothy Olyphant stars in the FX Network series ‘Justified’.

At the time, Justified was averaging 3.9 million total viewers, all of which got hearty taste of Kentucky fried bluegrass beamed into their living rooms.

Most recently, the song “Antietam’s Hill” was featured on the Justified Season 3 premiere, originally aired on January 17, 2012.

The band was also chosen as an official showcase performer at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass, held in Nashville, Tenn. in October 2011.

Cumberland River will play both the festival on Saturday, October 6, and the after-party at Outer Banks Brewing Station later that night.

You can check out the official video the track “Justified” in the player below!

Featuring two days of live music, the innaugural Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for October 5-6, 2012 at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.

Click here for the complete lineup of bands and schedule of events, and stay tuned to, as we countdown the days until this landmark concert with more artist profiles coming soon!

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