Wasson/Hymer depart American Drive

American DriveAmerican Drive, who formed from the remaining members of the New South when J.D. Crowe retired at the end of 2012, has announced some personnel changes.

Guitarist and vocalist Rickey Wasson and banjo picker Josh Hymer are leaving the group. Wasson wants to dedicate full time to his music business, while Hymer is looking for work outside of bluegrass.

Co-founder, mandolinist and vocalist Dwight McCall tells us that American Drive will keep on rolling.

“Change constantly looms in this industry and Matt DeSpain, Kyle Perkins and myself are fully committed and prepared to carry on. We have worked very hard to launch this group and will stay the course, playing the same brand of music that we recorded on our debut CD and performed over the past year.

We would like to thank everyone for their continued support, including our fans and promoters alike. After our new members are in place we plan to immediately enter the studio to record a new CD. I have a lot of original material that we are eager to share with our fans.”

Dwight also said that they are ready to start auditions for guitar and banjo right away.

“We are eager to hear from all of the excellent talent out there and excited to get started.”

To schedule an interview, contact any of the band members by email: Dwight McCall, Matt DeSpain or Kyle Perkins.

Wasson and McCall had many years together with The New South, and Dwight says that there are no hard feelings surrounding his departure.

“We understand and respect their decisions and wish them nothing but the best in the future. We thank them for their past year of service with American Drive.”

You can keep tabs on the band online.

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