Stuart Wyrick to Flashback

Stuart WyrickFlashback has announced the addition of Stuart Wyrick to the group on banjo.

The band is a reunion of four pickers who worked with J.D. Crowe & The New South in the mid-1990s. They have taken their new band name from the title of the album they released with Crowe in 1995. Richard Bennett is on guitar, Don Rigsby on mandolin, Curt Chapman on bass, and Phil Leadbetter on reso-guitar, with Stuart now joining them on banjo.

Wyrick is a long time banjo pro, until recently working with Dale Ann Bradley’s band. Before that he was a member of Brand New Strings.

Leadbetter welcomes him to the group with the highest compliment a Crowe-head could hope for.

Phil Leadbetter“All the guys are so happy to have Stuart onboard. Stuart is a longtime follower of J.D Crowe, and his banjo playing. When we started looking for the right banjo player, we all agreed that it was important to bring someone in that had played and studied Crowe’s music. Not someone to just to play the songs, but someone who was familiar with J.D’s approach. I met Stuart nearly 40 years ago. He was ‘ate up’ with Crowe’s music just like the rest of us back then – so many of the little licks, fill-ins, and inflections that so many banjo players don’t catch unless you have really studied the music.

Stuart brings a lot to the band. We took our time to hire the right person, and I think you will agree when you hear the band in concert. We are also accepting booking for 2016 and beyond.”


Find out more about Flashback online, where their tour schedule is posted.

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