The band had been using fill-ins since fiddler Jeff Michael departed in February of 2012 – but not just any fill ins. Don Rigsby was working most of the Big Country dates, with Billy Hawks (Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice) taking the rest. So Tim is stepping into some sizable shoes.
But the rest of the band has no doubts about his ability to do so. In a statement released yesterday, they welcomed Tim with open arms.
“Tim’s musical resume is long and storied. He has worked with many of the greats in our industry. Anytime a group has a need for a top-notch musician to help them out, Tim is usually the one they call. There is not a better case in point than a couple of years ago when Doyle Lawson had to have bypass heart surgery. Doyle simply picked up the phone and had Tim to fill in for him!! That’s just how good a musician Tim Laughlin is.
And to top it all off, he is one of the nicest, unassuming people that you will ever meet! So, to say that the members of Big Country Bluegrass are thrilled to have Tim onboard, is an understatement.”
Laughlin joins Tommy Sells on mandolin, Teresa Sells on guitar, Eddie Gill on guitar, Lynwood Lunsford on banjo, and Tony King on bass.
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