Richmond, VA’s Commonwealth Bluegrass Band, formerly known as Randy Cook & Commonwealth, has brought two new members into the group.
Cook is still onboard, notwithstanding the name change, playing mandolin and singing, but wanted the name to reflect the fact that this was a band effort.
New to the group is a pair of veteran Virginia grassers. On bass is Jim Green, a Maryland native now living near Farmville who has performed in bluegrass bands everywhere he has lived, including with the Carroll County Ramblers as a young man in Maryland, with Bluegrass Etc. while living in California, and with Michelle Nixon & Drive and the Jonathan Dillon Band in Virginia.
New guitarist Glenn Waller has lived in south central Virginia all his life, with thirty years invested in bluegrass music. Folks in the Lynchburg/Roanoke area know him as a strong rhythm guitarist and powerful vocalist.
They join Cook along with Wally Hughes on fiddle and Malcolm Pulley on banjo.
A self-titled, debut album from Commonwealth Bluegrass Band was well-received upon its release in 2014, and the band is looking forward to a busy season in 2015.