Another Sweet Potato Pie/Drive Time wedding coming up

Another bluegrass wedding is on the horizon with more members from the same bands! Sweet Potato Pie mandolinist, Tori Jones, and Drive Time banjoist, Tyler Jackson, have officially announced their engagement. This comes just a month after Drive Time/Sweet Potato Pie fiddler, Katie Springer wed Drive Time mandolinist, Austin Koerner.

Jackson, who survived a brain aneurysm just about a year ago, shared, “Tori and I officially met on a group trip to SPBGMA in January of 2020. Katie Springer and Maddie Baucom (of Sweet Potato Pie) introduced us, but we really didn’t talk much until October of last year, right before I went into the hospital with the ruptured aneurysm. While I was still there we started talking just about every day, and the support she showed me throughout that time had a large part to play in my recovery, more than she realizes. I’ve told her this before, but she has been the answer to countless prayers and I’m so very thankful the Lord has led me to her.”

Jones added, “As Tyler mentioned, we officially met on a trip to SPBGMA in 2020 with our bandmates, Katie Springer and Maddie Baucom Carnes. However, we didn’t start talking until right before the aneurysm in October 2020. As he was in the hospital, we began talking more and realized how much we had in common. He played bluegrass AND was a big nerd…so I knew I’d found a keeper.”

We started dating in early January 2021, and on September 17 while we were at MerleFest, he asked me to marry him. It’s been so cool to see how the Lord has shaped our lives this past year. Tyler and I balance each other out in so many ways…I am beyond blessed to get to marry my best friend.”

Jackson concluded, “We haven’t set a date officially, but we are looking at October of 2022.”

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Sandy Hatley

Sandy Chrisco Hatley is a free lance writer for several NC newspapers and Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. As a teenager, she picked banjo with an all girl band called the Happy Hollow String Band. Today, she plays dobro with her husband's band, the Hatley Family.