In what would seem to be the first band personnel switch of 2016, Breaking Grass has announced the addition of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jody Elmore to the band. He will assume the banjo spot recently vacated by Shelton Vanderford.
A native Alabamian, Jody has been playing banjo since he was a teen. He spent 6 years previously on guitar with Tim Graves & Cherokee, and says he feels very good with his new gig.
“I am extremely excited to be a part of Breaking Grass! They have a sound all their own and I look forward to adding to that. They are all very talented guys and good men as well.”
The band has been active now for nearly ten years, and this is the first change to their original lineup. Cody Farrar, who fronts the group on stage and provides pretty much all of their original material, tells us…
“Change can be a scary thing; especially within a band that has become so comfortable with each other musically. Thelton is an extremely skilled musician and will continue to pursue other music endeavors and we wish him the very best. With a string of 2016 dates on the books, the band is excited to start the next decade with Jody Elmore.”
Other members of Breaking Grass include Britt Sheffield on bass, Zach Wooten on mandolin, and Tyler White on fiddle.
You can follow the band and their comings and goings online.