Summertown Road in 2010

Summertown RoadWe have posted a few time previously about Summertown Road, a new band composed of veteran pickers and singers from the bluegrass state of Kentucky.

The group consists of Jack Hicks on banjo, John Rigsby on fiddle, Bo Issac on guitar and Randy Thomas on bass, and all have “done their time in the biz.

Hicks was part of a memorable edition of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys (think the Bean Blossom album), who also worked with Lester Flatt, The Whites and Jim & Jesse. Rigsby spent time with Ralph Stanley and Melvin Goins, and has earned the respect of fiddlers far and wide for his unique, aggressive style. Both Issac and Thomas have toured with Dave Evans.

A self-titled CD will hit early in 2010, featuring Summertown Road’s tight traditional sound, close harmony and original material. This debut album is scheduled for a February 16 release on Rounder, and audio for several tracks can be found on the band’s MySpace page.

You can read our earlier pieces here on Bluegrass Today.

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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.