Kentucky’s Hammertowne has announced the departure of banjo player Brent Pack, and the addition of new member David Adams Barnett in his stead.
According to guitarist Dave Carroll, Brent has been offered a position as a full time Park Ranger with the Kentucky State Park Department, an opportunity that comes up quite rarely. Pack couldn’t think of turning it down, but the commitment would make touring with the band nearly impossible.
Carroll says it will be sad to lose their old buddy…
“Not only is Brent one of the finest banjo players that you’ll find anywhere, he’s a dear friend and comrade. He was the best man at my son Chaston’s wedding; he’s just like family to us all. Not only will we miss his great playing and insight, we’ll miss his company and entertainment. He sure made a lot of miles seem a whole lot shorter. But we also understand that this career opportunity is a life changing one for Brent and his family. Brent has a extensive Law Enforcement background; it’s in his blood, and I know that he’ll do great things. They are sure getting a great man. But sometimes life gets in the way, and Brent’s schedule just wouldn’t allow the time to do what we do touring-wise. We wish him the very, very best.”
… while simultaneously welcoming their new banjo man into the fold.
“David is one of the most talented young cats that I know. His banjo playing is exceptional. He has great command of the instrument from one end to the other. His playing is a combination of powerful drive and great finesse. Any speed, fast or slow, his timing, taste, and tone are just stellar. We are thrilled to have him with the group. He’ll be a great asset.”
Like the rest of the band, Barnett is from eastern Kentucky, and has been playing the banjo since he was ten years old. The music of fellow Kentuckian J.D. Crowe is what got him hooked on the five, and he’s never looked back.
He will also be covering some vocal parts with Hammertowne, who plan to start working on their next recording, their third for Mountain Fever, in the very near future. They are hoping for a late winter 2017 release.
Check their tour schedule online for a chance to catch them live.