Steve Thomas to Summertown Road

Summertown Road has added a new lane, bringing on celebrated fiddler Steve Thomas, and marking the band’s debut as a quintet.

Thomas has performed with a notable array of top bluegrass talent, having worked with Del McCoury, Lost and Found, The Osborne Brothers, The Whites, Lonesome River Band and, most recently, JD Crowe & the New South. He has also made his mark in country music, performing and/or recording with top sellers like Aaron Tippin, Barbara Mandrell, Brooks and Dunn, LeeAnn Womack, Kenny Chesney, John Michael Montgomery, and Lorrie Morgan.

The boy knows his way around a fiddle, and is also a fine guitarist and mandolinist.

Steve was born in the northeast, but here in Roanoke, we claim him as our own. His family moved here when Steve was a toddler, and his talent was first demonstrated as a young man at fiddlers conventions and competitions in southwest Virginia.

With his addition, Summertown Road now consists of Bo Isaac on guitar, Elmer Burchett on banjo, Zach Rambo on mandolin, and Randy Thomas (no relation) on bass. The guys are packing it up and heading for Berlin, MD this weekend and then Nashville next week for the IBMA World of Bluegrass, where they are an invited showcase performer on the main stage.

You can find their IBMA schedule online.

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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.