Fiddler Billy Hurt, from Boones Mill, VA, is the newest member of David Parmley & Continental Divide.
Billy was something of a fiddle phenom in southwestern Virginia as a youngster, winning at competitions and conventions in the area, culminating with the top prize the Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention in 1994. He went on to perform with bluegrass legend Jim Eanes for several years, and was a member of popular Virginia groups, The Bluegrass Brothers and Acoustic Endeavors.
Randy Graham, mandolinist and tenor vocalist with Continental Divide, says that they are delighted to have Billy on board.
“Billy is a very accomplished and versatile musician, and fits us just right. It doesn’t matter what he’s playing – soulful backup, an old time fiddle tune, or up in your face bluegrass breakdown fiddling – Billy plays what needs playing; no more, no less.”
Billy joins David Parmley on guitar and lead vocals, Randy on mandolin and lead/tenor vocals, Dale Perry on banjo and Jimmy Cameron on bass.
You can find their tour schedule on the band’s web site.