This past Sunday (June 22), Sammy Shelor performed with the Zac Brown Band in Bristow, VA. Brown and his eclectic country band have been known to favor bluegrass music and acoustic artists, and his former bass player and current guitarist, John Driskell Hopkins, has a bluegrass album, Daylight, recorded with Balsam Range in 2012.
Sammy says that he met Hopkins at MerleFest in April 2014.
He thought Banjo.com was in Nashville, but when he found out it was about 15 minutes away from where he lives in Georgia, he started going down there and hanging out, trying out banjos.
He ended up getting a Huber banjo – a Roanoke model with the neck specs like mine.”
That discussion ended with plans to stay in touch, and Sammy told us that shortly after he returned from an 11-day Lonesome River Band run, he found a message from Hopkins.
“He sent me a text asking if I wanted to come do a show with the band. So I drove up Sunday and did a couple of songs with them, had fun, hung around for a while, and then headed back home to Patrick County.
I respect these guys for all they do. They’ve worked it up from the clubs. Country music abandoned them, but they had 23,000 in the hall on Sunday.”
Here’s a few more photos from the show.