Both of these fine musicians have enjoyed a long career in bluegrass. Mark has been known primarily as a vocalist, getting started with the visionary Knoxville Grass during the 1980s, moving from there to another trend-setting band, The Virginia Squires. He has worked as a solo artist since, with a number of successful albums to his credit.
Steve has worked for many years in bluegrass, but mostly as a sideman. His tremendous skill on various instruments is such that he seems to show up at any festival you pick playing something with somebody on stage. You could have seen Thomas with early editions of Lonesome River Band, Jim & Jesse, The Osborne Brothers or Del McCoury. He’s appeared on recordings from Lost and Found, Ronnie Bowman and The Whites, not to mention successful country artists like Aaron Tippen and Lorrie Morgan.
These two bluegrass veterans have joined with Matt Wallace on bass, and are now touring as Newton and Thomas. They also recorded Reborn as a trio, with Thomas playing a number of different instruments, and Scott Vestal as guest banjo player on several tracks.
You can find more details on the Newton and Thomas web site.
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