David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition

David Parmley & Cardinal TraditionDavid Parmley has changed the name of his touring band ahead of his return to full time performing in 2016.

Since shortly after leaving The Bluegrass Cardinals in 1992, David has worked with a group billed as Continental Divide. For a time, he was partnered with banjoist Scott Vestal, with both of their names listed as leaders, but after Vestal’s departure, David had kept the name for his band until this month.

They are now known as David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, a far more accurate description of the music they do live. Their program draws from the wealth of material Parmley recorded on his solo projects, and as a member of the original Bluegrass Cardinals. Plans are for the band to get in the studio soon and cut a new project under this name.

There has been no change in the lineup, with David on guitar and lead vocals, Ron Spears on mandolin and tenor vocals, Dale Perry on banjo and baritone vocals, Steve Day on fiddle, and John Marquess on bass.

This video was captured when they played Nashville’s Station Inn this past Tuesday (7/28), laying down a stellar version of the Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues.


David hasn’t been visible much in the bluegrass world this past few years. He’d been earning his living as a bus driver, ferrying country stars Rascal Flatts around the country. But as he told us back in April, he’s been missing the music and is making plans to book actively for 2016 and beyond.

It’s clear he hasn’t grown any cobwebs on that pure voice of his during this hiatus.

David is accepting calls about future engagements 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.