Category: Bluegrass band news

Announcing the debut of Flashback

| March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

The demise of J.D. Crowe & The New South with Crowe’s recent retirement has left a big hole in the bluegrass scene. The distinctive sound that he maintained over 40 plus years with this group has left a deep impression on our music, one that […]


New look for The Clay Hess Band

| February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Clay Hess Band will have a new look for the 2016 season. Nick Keen left the group in 2015, to be replaced by Dustin Frame on mandolin. Clay has also brought Ray Cossin in to play fiddle. Both should be familiar faces from previous work in […]


John Simmons to The Bluegrass Brothers

| February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Bluegrass Brothers of southwest Virginia have announced John Simmons as their new guitarist. John is a familiar face in bluegrass circles from his work with Country Fried Grass, a successful regional group he headed for 2006-2013. He will also sing lead and harmony vocals with the […]


Becky Buller introduces her touring band

| February 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Singer and songwriter – and now bandleader – Becky Buller has introduced her road band who will be touring with her this year and beyond. After a successful career as a loyal band member to a number of popular acts (Valerie Smith, Darin & Brooke […]


Brandon Shuping to String Therapy

| February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

String Therapy, a modern grass outfit in Lancaster, OH, has announced the addition of Brandon Shuping on mandolin. Brandon was born into bluegrass, as the son of Garland Shuping, who played banjo for Jim & Jesse before starting Wild Country, which also featured his mom, Elaine, as […]


Mitchell Van Dyke leaves Ralph Stanley

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mitchell Van Dyke, banjo player this past five years with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, has tendered his resignation. That follows on yesterday’s word from bass player Randall Hibbitts that he would be leaving the band as well. Though Stanley made his name […]


Randall Hibbitts leaving Ralph Stanley

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Randall Hibbitts, who has been playing bass with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys this past few years, has announced today that he is leaving that position. The southwest Virginia native says that he is going to work in event promotion, though it is […]


Country Gentlemen Tribute Band to Graham Talent

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, initially formed when longtime bassist Bill Yates was still alive, has signed with Graham Talent Group for representation. The band exists to retain the sound of the many classic Country Gentlemen songs, and offer an opportunity for today’s audiences to experience […]


Phil Leadbetter departs Dale Ann Bradley

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

After three years traveling with Dale Ann Bradley, reso-guitarist Phil Leadbetter has announced that he will be leaving her band to start on a new project. He says departing is especially tough for him, as Bradley was such an encouragement to him when she hired Phil late […]


Travers Chandler and Steven Dowdy link up

| February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Not long ago mandolin player Travers Chandler announced that he was dis-banding his group Avery County and starting a new band with long-standing friend and guitarist Steven Dowdy. Avery County’s last personal appearance was in October of last year and while they had some bookings for […]