Zach Rambo goes down Summertown Road

Summertown Road has announced the recruitment of Zachary Rambo to fill the position on mandolin, recently vacated by John Rigsby.

Replacing the recently departed John Rigsby in Summertown Road is up-and-coming mandolin player Zach Rambo of Worthington, Kentucky.

Stalwart banjo player for Summertown Road, Jack Hicks has this to say of Rambo ….

“We are so happy to tell you about our new mandolin player, Zach Rambo. We are very excited, and sure you will be too, about his excellent musicianship and vocal ability. When Zach and Bo sing together you can close your eyes and think they’re brothers. We are so impressed with his openness to work toward the sound Summertown Road wants to present for you.

Zach grew up in a small town in north eastern Kentucky. He began singing at a young age and began playing guitar at age 7. At 12 he began playing the mandolin, recently adding banjo, dobro, and bass the last. He started his bluegrass career with the band, Bottomline. He married his wife, Misty, in the summer of 2008 and in April of 2009, she gave birth to their first son, Hayden.”

In his review of the Bottomline CD Live from Home, writer Joe Ross commended Rambo for “his clean, toneful mandolin breaks.” You can listen to Rambo singing lead on one of his original songs, Hang My Head and Cry, on his MySpace page.

In addition to Rambo on mandolina nd Hicks on banjo, Summertown Road consists of Bo Issac on guitar and Randy Thomas on bass. An album on Rounder Records is expected later this year.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.