New look for Kenny & Amanda

We heard today from Zak McLamb, bass player with Kenny & Amanda Smith this past 7 years, with news that he has left the band.

He tells us that mandolinist Spencer Strickland and banjo man Trent Calicutt are also moving on.

On behalf of the three of them, Zak shared this statement…

“We would like to thank the Smiths for the opportunities and experience gained while touring with them and wish them the best.  We’re also proud and honored to be included on a track of Kenny’s new guitar album Return.

We would like to thank all the wonderful bluegrass friends we had the pleasure to meet while on the road as members of the band.  We also want to send out a special thank you to the many sponsors that supported us while on the road including D’Addario Strings, Blue Chip Picks, Cedar Creek Cases, Elliot Capos, Yates Banjos, and Spencer’s own business, Strickland String Instruments.

The three of us have Facebook accounts, and plan to remain active in the bluegrass community. We look forward to seeing our friends and colleagues in the future.

Zak McLamb, Trent Callicutt, and Spencer Strickland”

I caught up with Kenny briefly this morning as he and Amanda were preparing to head out for a string of duet shows in Florida the rest of this month. As soon as I can speak with them, I’ll post with some details about what Smith calls a fresh new sound, and their plans to start in soon on a new Kenny & Amanda Smith CD.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.