Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection

Episode # 39


Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection at the KMBF 2015

Welcome to the third of our six part series featuring music from the 2015 Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Haines Junction, Yukon.

This very popular festival, which has been running since 2003, has presented amazing music from the finest artists in bluegrass such as Blue Highway, Balsam Range and Steep Canyon Rangers – and for the first time, this year JAM Live! recorded some of the fantastic performances. 

Today’s episode features Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection from Kentucky, a highly energetic bluegrass band with a sound all their own. The group strives to take their driving style of bluegrass to the next level with aggressive instrumentation mixed with a distinctive vocal harmony style.

Mike Bentley on lead vocals and guitar, Jeff Smith on bass, Matt Hiser on banjo, and Josh Brown on mandolin.


The episode starts with part of an interview Whitehorse producer, Steve Gedrose, held with the band during the festival.

You can listen to the full interview here.

You can listen to the full interview here.

This episode was recorded June 12th to June 14th, 2015 at the St. Elias Convention Centre.

We would like to thank the Yukon Bluegrass Music Society for all their support.

Also a big thank you to Steve Gedrose who prepared and conducted the interview.