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Kenny And Amanda Smith Get 'Unbound'

Courtesy of Laughing Penguin Publicity
Musical duo Amanda and Kenny Smith have played music together for decades. Their new album is called 'Unbound.'

Kenny and Amanda Smith have been professional musicians as a duo for 15 years but have been playing music together as husband and wife for decades. The pair's new album is called "Unbound." Amanda Smith was a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year, and Kenny Smith was nominated for Instrumental Performer of the Year on the guitar in the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Awards.
Host Frank Stasio talks with Kenny and Amanda Smith about becoming parents and how bluegrass is changing as a genre. The pair play live in the studio with Kenny and Amanda Smith on vocals and guitar. The duo performs with their band Saturday, Oct. 1 at 12 p.m. at the City Plaza Stage in Raleigh as a part of the Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival. ​


Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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