Country Gentlemen Tribute Band to Graham Talent

tribute_bandThe Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, initially formed when longtime bassist Bill Yates was still alive, has signed with Graham Talent Group for representation.

The band exists to retain the sound of the many classic Country Gentlemen songs, and offer an opportunity for today’s audiences to experience them live. Guitarist Mike Phipps has a voice remarkably similar to the great Charlie Waller, bringing a startlingly precise recreation to shows by the Tribute Band.

Other band members – David Propst on mandolin, Rick Briggs on banjo, Mark Clifton on reso-guitar, Mike Conner on bass – tailor their playing to match the sound and feel of the Country Gentlemen of old, surely among the most popular bluegrass bands from their launch in 1957 to Waller’s death in 2004.

Randy Graham, principal agent at Graham Talent, says that “They are to Country Gentlemen fans what ‘The Earls’ are to Flatt & Scruggs devotees.”

Here’s video from a recent performance.


Thanks to for the video.

For more details about The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, visit Graham Talent Group online.

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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.