Welcome to our bluegrass website, this website is dedicated to the total committment to the music that the pioneer, Bill Monroe spent his life to preserve.
The New Kentucky Colonels are not new to the bluegrass music, they have many years of music experience. They are a premier bluegrass group with over 135 years of music talent to offer for your festival, fair, concert, theatre, school, college, university, in school education program, radio, television progams, weddings, reunions or any type entertainment venue. They tour nationally across the US or other country. A life long of experience has been invested in our music, Eric Lewis has been in the business for 59 years. He started at age 15, in 1950 he heard the Grand Ole Opry and his love of bluegrass and country started. He begun to play at music parties in the early 1960's at people's homes, he later begun to play in contests and in 1979 he joined the Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Assn, he formed his group in 1981 as Southern Grass, but hearing the name from other groups he changed it to Southern Missouri Bluegrass, the group booked by the name for several years and in 2006 he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel and the group began booking as New Kentucky Colonels, They perform bluegrass, country, old time, gospel and the best in family comedy, for 35 years, a number of people have been part of the group. Eric has performed with many of the names in the business, he has won several awards, he has written and recorded several CD projects, he had his own live television show from 2000 to 2009 on Tri Mountain Television at Salem, Arkansas, He produced his television show in 2013 on K38HE television at West Plains, MO his home town. Eric is an honorary member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN, he founded and formed the George D. Hay Society at West Plains, MO a historical society to preserve the Ozark's history and heritage to their connection to the Grand Ole Opry, in 2005 he presented a lifetime acheivement award to Louise and Earl Scruggs at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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