Fiddler Jordan Blevins from Marion, Virginia, has joined the great traditional bluegrass band, Rich In Tradition.
Blevins, just as the rest of the group, comes from a musical family with a rich heritage in bluegrass music. His father has played the guitar since he was 13 years old and he also has two uncles who play mandolin.
Starting with the upright bass at the Monday night jams at Carson Cooper’s music store on Main Street in Marion, Blevins learned as much as he could from some pretty good pickers who were anxious to teach a young eager kid some tricks.
He joined his father’s band, the Virginia Mountain Boys, at the age of 15. When he turned 18, he became interested in the fiddle and shortly after was faced with the choice of trying out for the Virginia Tech baseball team or playing fiddle with the popular band, Fescue. His love of music steered him to Fescue and he has never looked back, continuing to hone his skills on the fiddle.
Rounding out the roster for Rich In Tradition, Blevins says that he already feels at home with this group. He says, “I’m very pleased to be a part of Rich In Tradition and look forward to a long and successful musical career with them. They are a great bunch of guys and great musicians”.
Rich In Tradition was formed in 2006 and currently consists of Mickey Galyean (guitar, lead, tenor and high baritone vocals), Jay Adams (banjo and baritone vocals), Brad Hiatt (bass, and lead and tenor vocals) and Greg Jones (mandolin, lead and tenor vocals) and Blevins (fiddle).
Their latest album Black Mountain Special (Mountain Roads Recordings MRR 1010), an excellent mix of secular and gospel music, was a Top 5 entry in the Bluegrass Music Profiles National Bluegrass CD Chart.