Tristan Arnett has high hopes of playing the Grand Ole Opry one day.
“I’ve picked with Jesse McReynolds several times and we’ve talked about it,” said the 16-year-old Monroe County High School student. “Maybe it will come pretty soon.”
McReynolds is one half of the famous bluegrass duo Jim and Jesse and goes by the nickname “Mandolin Man.”
Arnett plays the mandolin for Southbound, a local bluegrass band, he helped form. Southbound has landed gigs opening for some of the top bluegrass performers in the business such as Ralph Stanley II, The Box Cars and Larry Sparks. Aside from McReynolds, he has also played with Rhonda Vincent, who has won Entertainer of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Getting to play for some of the tops in bluegrass music is an honor for Arnett, who is still reeling from getting to open for the Box Cars.
“It still hasn’t hit me,” he said.
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