Wasson & McCall to release new project

| November 28, 2011 | 1 Comment

Longtime New South bandmates Ricky Wasson and Dwight McCall are set to release a new duo project in Spring 2012 on Rural Rhythm Records. No, they’re not leaving J. D. Crowe and the New South, they’re just doing what pretty much all musicians are doing these days — putting another iron in the fire. They performed as Wasson & McCall on the Live at Bean Blossom Bill Monroe tribute recently released by Rural Rhythm, and they’ve been in the studio completing a full project of their own which is tentatively scheduled for release in March.

The CD will feature Wasson and McCall, backed by New South bandmates Matt DeSpain and Kyle Perkins, with Ron Stewart on fiddle and banjo. Also contributing some banjo will be Robbie Boone, a musician from Arkansas that Wasson says is a great Crowe-style player.

The material will be a mixture of new songs, including several written by Wasson and by McCall, as well as some familiar songs like Willow Creek Dam (from the early 1970′s Country Gentlemen album Remembances and Forecasts). Stylistically, the sound will be very much like the New South’s material of the past fifteen years.

The pair expect to do some personal appearances, as their schedule with the New South permits.

James Gabehart

Jim has been playing the banjo, and other string instruments for nearly 40 years. Since joining the musicians union and becoming a performing musician at the age of 15, he won five West Virginia State Banjo Championships, as well as dozens of other competitions, and has taught hundreds of students.

Jim was elected as Prosecuting Attorney for Lincoln County, WV in November 2012, and is an active touring performer with his wife and musical partner, Valerie.

Learn more about their music at www.JimandValerieGabehart.com.

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