A 5-string banjo and a MoonPie

A few months ago we reported on a Johnson City, Tennessee-based band with a unique Kickstarter campaign in order to help them locate a solid means of transportation. Since that time, the Sons of Bluegrass have found a bus and are happily traveling the nation playing at all sorts of music gatherings.

I recently had the chance to check in with band member Chris Armstrong, and he filled me in on what’s been going on with the band.

They’ve had a bit of a change in their line up recently, but are continuing to push forward. In fact, their new album (with the help of a recent artist deal from Audio-Technica) is scheduled for release next month. Armstrong stated that all songs included on their forthcoming album will be original numbers composed by current band members: Chris Armstrong (bass), Cameron Owens (mandolin), Meade Richter (fiddle), Dan Troyer (banjo), and newest member Michael Gunter (guitar).

This past week, on their Facebook page, the band also announced a partnership with MoonPie. Armstrong and the rest of the gang are encouraging folks to check out the new jingle they’ve just finished recording in tribute to the classic snack. Make sure to give it a listen.


It’s no secret that bluegrass artists have often found success by pairing their talents with the right bakery item… perhaps MoonPie is the new Martha White. I guess we’ll know in 50 years or so.

For more information on the Sons of Bluegrass, visit their website at www.sonsofbluegrass.net.

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John Curtis Goad

John Goad is a graduate of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program, with a Masters degree in both History and Appalachian Studies from ETSU.