BSU Grass at North Greenville University

bsu_grassBSU Grass, a campus bluegrass band sponsored by the Baptist Student Union at North Greenville University in South Carolina, is planning a concert for April 29 to officially release their second album, Just Any Moment.

While they receive no class credit for participating, the band is open to any NGU student through a process of interviews and auditions. The band is under the direction of Wes Brashier, who works for the University and is Associate Director of BSU on campus. He also plays mandolin with BSU Grass.

The band sees their mission of one of ministry, and they lead worship services regularly at churches in upstate South Carolina and perform at festivals and special events throughout the southeast. The Baptist Student Union supports the group financially, and provides the members with scholarship assistance for the cost of NGU tuition.

Things got started as a weekly jam session at BSU which Brashier led for students interested in bluegrass. It quickly grew into a serious group of pickers and singers willing to rehearse regularly, and BSU Grass was born.

Other current members include Benjamin Owens, a freshman, on guitar; Sam Owen, a junior, on bass; Codie Sloan, a freshman, on banjo; and singers Courtney Simmons, Rebekah Nix, Laura Harrison, all juniors. Korey Collom is the group’s sound engineer and bus driver, and is a sophomore.

Their album release show will be held at NGU’s Turner Chapel this Friday at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge for admission. Also appearing will be The King James 1611 Boys, another South Carolina bluegrass Gospel group who will be releasing their new album, Little End of Something Big.

For those who cant make the show, the new record from BSU Grass is currently available on CD and via download from CD Baby. Radio hosts can download a copy from Airplay Direct.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.