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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