Category: Bluegrass band news

Jeff Austin exits YMSB

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yonder Mountain String Band has announced the departure of mandolinist/vocalist Jeff Austin, who is leaving the group to pursue his solo career, and support his upcoming solo project which he discussed with us several months back. In a statement issued this afternoon, the remaining members […]


Jim VanCleve exits Mountain Heart [updated]

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s the end of an era. Fiddler Jim VanCleve has announced his departure from Mountain Heart, a group he helped found some years ago. At its onset, Jim, Barry Abernathy, and Steve Gulley started the band when they left Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in 1998. […]


Tony Mowell to NewTown

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

NewTown has announced Tony Mowell as their new bass player, just in time for the start of their 2014 touring season. With a strong new record, Time Machine, and a good bit of momentum from last year, the band has every reason to expect big things […]


Win an autographed Soggy Bottom Boys show poster

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Would you like to own a signed show poster from the Soggy Bottom Boys’ recent live show in Gatlinburg, TN? As we mentioned in an earlier post, the guys signed a limited number of these when they performed in March at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery. One of only […]


Cadillac Sky reunion?

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cadillac Sky’s brief tenure in the newgrasss world generated a lot of passion. Traditionalists disliked them intensely, while more open-minded (and typically younger) audiences ate them up. Much of the early bristling may have come from a poor audience/entertainer match, with the band being booked […]


Lonesome River Band to Mountain Home

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mountain Home Music Company, a division of Crossroads Entertainment, has announced the signing of bluegrass powerhouse Lonesome River Band. The band is expected to start on a new album this month, with plans for a release this summer. Sammy Shelor with LRB says that he […]


Russ Carson to Ricky Skaggs

| March 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ricky Skaggs has a new banjo player. Russ Carson, who had played with Audie Blaylock & Redline the past three years, is the newest member of Kentucky Thunder. Russ was quick to mention that he is technically on a three month road test, but knowing […]


Jesse Smathers to Nothin Fancy

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nothin Fancy has a new look for the 2014 season. They have brought Jesse Smathers on to play guitar and sing tenor. He hails from Eden, NC and had worked previously with James King, on both mandolin and guitar. Mike Andes, mandolinist and founding member […]


Blue Moon Rising to Class Act

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Class Act Entertainment has announced the signing of Blue Moon Rising for exclusive representation. The band consists of Chris West on guitar, Brandon Bostic on reso-guitar, David Mowell on mandolin, Travis Anderson on bass, and Rusty Ferrell on banjo. Their 6th CD, Blue Side Of […]


Larry Kirk to Country Gentlemen Tribute Band

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, fronted by long time Gentlemen bassist Bill Yates, has announced Larry Kirk as their new bass player. Larry will also share in vocal duties with the band. Bill no longer plays bass on stage, serving as MC and lead vocalist. The […]