Jimmy Bowen & Santa Fe go country?

Jimmy Bowen & Santa FeIn addition to plugging away on the bluegrass circuit, we understand that mandolinist, vocalist and band leader Jimmy Bowen is shopping a country project to record companies in Nashville.

Steve Brooks mentioned recently in his Music Biz and Broadcast Beat column in Country Music Report that…

Jimmy Bowen & Santa Fe are working with Music Row maven Gary Lamb to land a record deal. Word has it that Big Machine Records is giving Bowen’s new album a spin to see what develops. I’ve listened to the album‚Ķand it’s good.

Bowen’s group, Santa Fe, includes Rick Briggs on banjo, Daniel Dingeldein Ron Lane on guitar and Blake Bowen on bass. All the members play a variety of instruments, and can perform in either a bluegrass or country format.

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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.

  • aruggles12

    This post is totally ironic for me. The other day I was thinking about Jimmy Bowen. I was at a bluegrass festival in Chillicothe, Ohio and was in a group of individuals talking to Jimmy. He was getting Ricky Skaggs down the road for leaving bluegrass and doing the country show, and then returning when he “couldn’t make it”. When Ricky was in country, he done so much for that business. We are fortunate to have him back in Bluegrass, and I am very appreciative for what he has done in both genres. Jimmy, Jimmy: Hope you like crow, man.

  • David Conner

    You can hear some of the tracks from the CD on Jimmy’s MySpace page



  • I’d say the difference between what Skaggs did and what Jimmy is trying to do is that Jimmy is not ‘leaving’ bluegrass to go country. His goal is steady employment for the band…period. Jimmy’s plan is work both sides of the fence. There will be a bluegrass version and a country version of Santa Fe. Key band members will be in both incarnations. There are no visions of stardom here, merely an attempt to make a living doing what the guys enjoy….making music.


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