Eli Johnston to Monroeville

Monroeville has brought multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Eli Johnston into the band. He will take the guitar position vacated by Seth Taylor, but given the band’s versatility across the bluegrass instruments, they expect that Eli will be utilized in other slots as well.

Johnston has spent time with bluegrass touring groups Nothin’ Fancy and Pine Mountain Railroad, and worked the past four years as a featured performer at the Tennesse Shindig Theater in Pigeon Forge. While working with PMR, his song Captain was a hit for the band, and it was there that he became acquainted with Monroeville fiddler, Matt Flake.

The guys are delighted to add Eli to the band, and he shares the sentiment.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to play professionally with some of my best buddies! The future of Monroeville is very bright and I’m honored to be a part of it!”

The band is working up some of Johnston’s songs now, and will debut their new sound this weekend when they tape a performance for Song Of The Mountains on Saturday in Marion, VA.

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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.