Rockin’ Acoustic Circus in Nashville

Rockin’ Acoustic Circus has a new look, and a new ZIP code.

The popular Oklahoma band has moved to the Nashville area, sans their cello-playing, shoe-echewing singer Emma Hardin and, as we reported earlier, their founding mentor and chaperone, Rick Morton.

It seems that, as is often the case with young bands that form as teens, both Emma and her brother, former band bassist Zac Hardin, have decided to pursue other directions in their lives.

“My decision to leave the group had absolutely nothing to do with the band or their direction! I love and respect all of them – they are my best friends. I wish them nothing but success, and that is where it looks like they are headed!

I reached a crossroad in my life where I had to decide if I wanted to pursue music or go in a completely different direction, and leaving the music world was the best decision for me at the time. I had the time of my life and learned a ton, though.

I love the RAC! They are certainly going to rock on without me.”

In her stead comes fiddler Rachel Baiman, a former Illinois state fiddle champ and current senior at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University. She will also share vocal duties with other band members Sterling Abernathy on mandolin, Eric Dysart on fiddle, Dillon Hodges on guitar and Adam Chaffins on bass.

Here’s a glimpse at the reconfigured band.

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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.