Bradford Lee Folk, one of the most distinctive vocalists to emerge on the bluegrass scene in quite some time, has announced a new version of his touring band, The Bluegrass Playboys, and plans to head into the studio with them for a new project this winter.
Folk first came to wide attention in bluegrass with Open Road, a Colorado group that highlighted his somewhat quirky voice. They cut three albums for Rounder before disbanding about six years ago, and while the rest of the band stayed in the Rockies, Folk made a move to Nashville.
He released a solo project last year and has been touring in support.
Now, with a Nashville-based band he’s ready to record again. Folk is on guitar and lead vocals, supported by Jake Stargel on guitar, Cory Walker on banjo, Jarrod Walker on mandolin, Christian Ward on fiddle, and Daniel Hyberger on bass. They may look like youngsters, but they have many years of touring experience already, working with top acts like Claire Lynch, Sierra Hull, Mountain Heart, And Ricky Skaggs.
Of his new ensemble, Bradford says…
I really think this is a special group, like a family band of the best pickers of their class. This is going to be a tight, exciting and powerful band. Can’t wait to get started. See you in 2016!”
Here’s a look at Bradford with a previous edition of The Bluegrass Playboys, performing on Second City Garage earlier this year.
You can find out more about Folk, his music, and where you can find him on stage by visiting him online.