Junior Sisk announces new line-up
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
– The line-up of bluegrass band Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice changed, Sisk announced.
Singer Tim Massey left the band. "He is getting married and is pursuing new endeavors," Sisk said. "I will miss Timmy, but would like to wish him and Patty all the happiness in the world and success in their future together."
Jason "Sweet Tater" Tomlin moved over to the bass with newcomer Chris Davis on mandolin
Sisk and band will release "The Heart of a Song" on Rebel Records in September. "We have a full schedule this year and are looking forward to a stellar year in 2012," Sisk said.
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There's a direct line from classic country music to the bluegrass traditionalists, and Junior Sisk walks it better than anyone in the business. Call it high lonesome honky-tonk, a distillation of Bill Monroe's attitude into the heart of the legacy left behind by George Jones. Sisk and company are still a bluegrass band in practice as well as sound, with the standard drum-less banjo-fiddle-mando-bass lineup intact, and the pickers in Ramblers Choice are among the best in their respective fields. ...