For many years now the legend of the Sidemen has lived on even though the group no longer performs at Nashville’s Station Inn.
In recent months, a new group of sidemen have come together to fill the void. They call themselves the Mashville Brigade. The group performs most Tuesday nights at The Station Inn and consists of pickers who all play in different bands on the road.
The line up may not be exactly the same every night if one or more of the guys has a gig somewhere, but the group more or less consists of Aaron McDaris (banjo), Ashby Frank (mandolin), Darrel Webb (guitar), Greg Martin or Randall Barnes (bass), and Jim VanCleve (fiddle).
The group makes an effort to play a strait up hard driving bluegrass setlist each Tuesday night, entertaining the crowd of hardcore fans who turn out for the shows.
Tonight, the line up will be a little different, as the band welcomes a few friends to the stage to “Mash” one with them.
At tonight’s show, band will be:
Josh Williams – guitar and vocals (formerly of Rhonda Vincent)
Darrel Webb – Mandolin and vocals (Currently with Rhonda Vincent)
Tim Dishman – Bass (Special Consensus)
Scott Vestal – Banjo (Sam Bush Band)
Jim VanCleve – Fiddle (Mountain Heart)
Daren Shumaker – sound engineer (Ronnie Bowman & Mountain Heart)
We’re expecting a fun crowd and a lot of energy, as we just recently fronted a show for Dierks Bently (where he graciously gave the Mashville Brigade a glowing review from the stage) at a Charity event in Nashville. You just never know who’s gonna drop in and mash one or two with the band, too, so it’s usually pretty interesting!