Elmer Burchett to Summertown Road

Jack Hicks, founding banjoist with Summertown Road, has stepped aside with Elmer Burchett jumping in to take his spot.

The band was formed in 2008, and their debut, self-titled album was released on Rounder earlier this year. Bo Isaac is on guitar, Randy Thomas on bass, and Zach Rambo on mandolin.

Hicks had a memorable stint with Bill Monroe in the 1970s, apperaing on the live Bean Blossom album in 1973. His playing was definitive of the popular banjo style at the time, a mix of Scruggs and bluesy, melodic runs.

Burchett has worked with a number of touring acts, most recently Pine Mountain Railroad.

You can find more details about Summertown Road, including their concert schedule, online.

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