Ben and Billy Cockman, of The Cockman Family, will be traveling to compete in National Flat Pick Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo contest at the Walnut Valley Festival Winfield, KS.  Over the weekend, the youngest son, Ben, took the 2012 Guitar Championship during Hartsville, SC at The Reno Fest.

Ben Cockman won an D18 acoustic guitar hand built by award winning stringed instrument craftsman Gerald Anderson.  “After winning the award,” said dad John Cockman, “he was given the opportunity to perform a song with the guys who helped make the guitar.”  Watch the video of Ben Cockman performing ‘I’ll Fly Away’ with The Four Virginia Luthiers here:

The Cockman Family is set to release their new radio single “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” with Homeland Inspiration Group in early April 2012.

About The Cockman Family:
The Cockmans have a unique bluegrass gospel style. Their harmonies, original songs and original arrangements of the old gospel songs have been immensely popular with their audiences. Fans love their family-style entertainment as well. As the family continues to grow, the grandchildren are also joining in on the tradition. They love to sing and they love the Lord. Their family ties are strong, and the warmth of that is conveyed in their performances.

The Cockman Family has been nominated for Bluegrass Artists of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year and Bluegrass Band of the Year by the Country Gospel Music Association (CGMA), and for Gold Cross Bluegrass Group of the Year by the International Country Gospel Music Association. The Cockman Family was selected as one of “The 12 Most Creative Families In America” by American Greetings Cards and USA Today Weekend. The Cockman Family is listed in the North Carolina Arts Council for North Carolina Touring and Resident Artist Directory, and has produced a concert video that is aired regularly on the SET (Southern Entertainment Television) 24 hour satellite gospel programming network and other local TV stations around the country.

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For Press Information:
Brittany Maxwell
Director of Media
Homeland Inspiration Group