Kipper Stitt and Jerry Butler are longtime friends, and bluegrass buddies. They worked together some years ago as members of Pine Mountain Railroad, a Knoxville-based band that found success in bluegrass after acquiring a sponsorship with Tennessee Pride sausage.
The band eventually drifted apart after changes in ownership and management. Jerry worked for a time with Lorraine Jordan and then started his own group, Jerry Butler and the Blu-J’s. Kipper remained around Knoxville playing on a less formal basis.
And now the two are back together, with a new band, Kip & Jerry’s Rocky Road Show. Jerry will be on guitar and lead vocals, with Kipper on banjo. They promise an upbeat and entertaining show, modeled somewhat on the show band format from the Pine Mountain Railroad days. They intend to include some fan favorites from PMR in their repertoire.
Kip & Jerry are booking now for remaining 2015 dates, and into 2016.
Here’s a video shot last month in Waldo, FL (courtesy of Ted Lehmann).
Rodney Worley is on mandolin, and Scott Karis on bass.
You can find out more about Kipper and Jerry, and their Rocky Road Show, online.