Greg Moore to Hillbilly Gypsies

Greg Moore on fiddle with Remington Ryde - photo by Steven SimpsonWest Virginia’s Hillbilly Gypsies have announced the addition of Greg Moore to the band on fiddle. Founded by the husband-and-wife team of Trae and Jamie Lynn Buckner, the Gypsies have been working the bluegrass festival circuit in the southeastern US for many years.

Moore, know as Spanky to friends, has been working the bluegrass scene for many years as well. The Indianapolis native was playing with Dave Evans at 18 years of age, followed by stints with Junior Sisk, James King, Tony Holt, Melvin Goins, and most recently Remington Ryde.

He joins Trae on guitar and vocals, and Jamie Lynn on vocals, with Aaron Richards on banjo, and Alex Richards on bass.

The Gypsies play a raw and unpolished variety of bluegrass with an edge to it, coupled with an energetic stage show. Here’s a sample in this video shot at a club date shortly before Spanky came aboard.


Greg also has a new CD he released with Greg Donlan last month called Hollow Box Rhythm. It features plenty of traditional bluegrass and lots of his aggressive fiddling, with guest appearances from John Bryant of The Grascals, Danny Paisley, Darrell Webb, Ron Spears and others. It is offered to radio programmers at Airplay Direct.

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