Colorado guitar picker Robin Davis has joined forces with the Dixie Bee-Liners. Former guitarist Jonathan Maness left the group in June, and the Bee-Liners had been touring with fill-ins until Robin came on board.
Buddy Woodward, mandolinist and co-manager of the group, says that Davis only recently popped up on their radar.
“We met Robin a few months ago when he was living in Nashville. Jeremy our bass player ran into him somewhere and suggested we keep an eye on him.”
Maness is now playing mandolin with The Watkins Family.
Casey Henry has also joined the Bee-Liners on banjo. Casey has performed with a number of bluegrass groups, and toured recently with Michael Martin Murphey. She is a featured instructor on several videos for The Murphy Method, and is a regular columnist for Banjo NewsLetter.
Bee-Liner Brandi Hart tells us that…
“Casey is a Scruggs-style player who learned to play banjo at her mother’s knee. A well-respected member of the bluegrass community, Casey has a knack for writing nifty instrumentals.”
The band now consists of Brandi Hart on guitar and lead vocals, Buddy Woodward on mandolin, and Rachel Renee Johnson on fiddle, with Davis on guitar and Henry on banjo. Robin and Buddy are now officially outnumbered in the band.
You can find Dixie Bee-Liner fall tour dates on the band’s web site.
UPDATE 9/5: Oops! Buddy Woodward just sent this via a post comment…
Hey guys, thanks so much for the press, but you forgot to mention our awesome bassplayer Jeremy Darrow‚Ä¶which means the boys & the girls are evenly matched in the Bee-Liners, three of each, enough for an Intramural dodgeball team.
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