David Parmley back in 2016

David ParmleyGood news for fans of soulful bluegrass singing.

David Parmley has decided that he’s been away from the music too long, and is reforming his band with an eye towards touring full time in 2016. He’s planning to get back in the studio this Summer, and have a new project ready to release next Spring.

Since leaving bluegrass about four years ago, the Bluegrass Cardinals and Continental Divide alum has been driving a star coach for Rascal Flatts. But bluegrass was never far from his mind.

“I’ve been missing it a lot. But we’re practicing regularly again, trying to tighten back up and knock the rust off.

Dale Perry is on banjo and baritone vocals, Ron Spears on mandolin and tenor vocals, with Steve Day on fiddle, and John Marquess on bass.”

David said they are looking to do a few smaller gigs, like maybe The Station Inn, this year, but is mostly looking to book shows for next year.

He’s not sure whether it will be billed as David Parmley & Continental Divide, or just under his name, but he’s dead certain that it will be hard-core, traditional bluegrass music. They be performing songs that David has recorded over his long career, and some traditional favorites that he loves to sing.

Like this classic from Flatt & Scruggs…


Parmley has a full studio of his own, but has had it broken down this past few years. He’s planning to get it set back up soon and start recording.

“I’m just starting to look for material. I have about four songs set back that I’ve been wanting to record.”

I’m sure I’m not alone in looking vigorously forward to what David comes up with for 2016.

He’ll be handling booking himself, at least to start. Interested event producers can reach him at 606-307-0161.

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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.