Rooted in family and gospel, The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri started with a love for music passed down from generations. Families that played gospel and bluegrass around the piano or attended shows on the weekends inspired Ricky Gore on upright bass, Terri Argot Gore on vocals, Jack Kincaid on mandolin, Jim Britton on banjo, and Justus Edde on guitar. Kincaid has played with Alison Krauss, Kenny Baker, Larry Sparks, Bobby Osborne, and eventually Dave Evans at the World’s Fair in 1982. You may have seen him on the Bill Gaither Show, the Grand Ole Opry, or Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Auditorium. Jim Britton has played professionally for several years, playing across the country, at the Grand Ole Opry numerous times as a member of Jim and Jesse’s Virginia Boys along with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.
Aside from solo projects, this band has brought a unique take on traditional gospel bluegrass to Mountain Fever Music Group since their start with the labels. Terri’s smooth Appalachia vocal sound mixes well with the variety of musical influences brought by the instrumentalists. Anywhere from Bill Monroe to Steve Perry from Journey acted as their notable favorites, creating a sound unique to their gospel counterparts. The group began in 2001 as a result of a songwriting session with Mike Richards (the group’s original mandolin player) in Hendersonville, Tennessee. From there, they named the band after a location in Burkesville, Kentucky, called Chigger Ride, inspired by Richards’s first encounter with mountain bluegrass music. The band recorded several albums before signing with Morning Glory Music in 2021 and releasing Every Good Path.
The group has charted singles from Every Good Path and received several Dove Award nominations over the years. Most important to the group is that they stay true to the Gospel origins they started with and bring a unique sound to bluegrass faithful to their origins. Their most recent single was released with Morning Glory Records in October of 2023, “I Know the One Who Knows.”