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New bluegrass band, Grasstowne, forms

Friday, December 1, 2006 – Bluegrass veterans Steve Gulley, Phil Leadbetter and Alan Bibey announced Friday they are forming a new band, Grasstowne.

Gulley was with Mountain Heart and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, while Phil Ledbetter was with Wildfire and J. D. Crow & The New South. Bibey has played with Blue Ridge and IIIrd Tyme Out.

According to a press release, "all felt the need for a fresh start musically and believe this new collaboration will provide just the right creative outlet they all have wanted for a long time."

The band will bring years of experience to the stage and the studio, performing a traditional-based sound with original material. This will be a five-piece unit including Dobro, guitar, mandolin, banjo and upright bass. The new band name and remaining members names will be announced shortly.

They have already begun booking for 2007 and will be ready to hit the road immediately after the holidays.

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The Next Move CD review - The Next Move
Phil Leadbetter is one of the best resophonic guitar players in bluegrass and country music. He's played with Grandpa Jones, Vern Gosdin, JD Crowe, Wildfire, Grasstowne and, most recently, Dale Ann Bradley. He was the 2005 IBMA Dobro Player of the Year. Sidelined for over two years by cancer, and now fighting a second battle with its return, he managed to record a CD between bouts of illness that was a dream project for him: recording with a list of some of the best in bluegrass and country. »»»
Slide Effects CD review - Slide Effects
Wildfire is one of bluegrass' hottest new bands and their resophonic guitar picker is recognized as one of the best in the business. While this CD is Phil Leadbetter's solo effort he's joined by some of his bandmates (Darrell Webb and Robert Hale) as well as some of the most recognizable names in bluegrass (Leftwich, Gulley, Raybon, Bowman and Duncan to name just some of them). The instrumental side of this CD is as good as you'll hear anywhere including old favorites like "Remington Ride" and »»»
Many bluegrass instrumental recordings lack the spontaneity and soul of thiswork by dobroist Phil Leadbetter, a bluegrass sideman with Vern Gosdin, Grandpa Jones and now J.D. Crowe's New South. Leadbetter is joined here by bandmate Curt Chapman on bass, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Scott Vestal on banjo, Richard Bennett on guitar and Rickie Simpkins on fiddle. Crowe also appears on two tracks. There is a looseness to this session, a feeling that these guys are having the time of their lives »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Womack planned a good night – Lee Ann Womack pretty much summed up where she's at these days in concluding her show with Don Williams "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good." The ever-strong voiced country traditionalist sang, "I don't need fortune and I don't need fame" with the concluding line of the stanza asking the Man upstairs to "plan a good day for me.... »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
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