Dave Evans and River Bend

Born in Portsmouth, OH, Dave Evans has been an avid lover of bluegrass music since the age of 8, when his father, an old-time clawhammer-style player, introduced him to the five-string banjo. Dave started playing, too, then went on to singing and songwriting. “It became an obsession to me,” he says. “I wanted to create my own melodies and write my own lyrics, creating a new sound altogether.”

Around 1968, Dave landed his first professional job, playing banjo for Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys. In 1972, he went to work for Larry Sparks and became one of the Lonesome Ramblers. He then worked with a few other well-known groups such as Red Allen and the Kentuckians, the Boys from Indiana, and the Goins Brothers. In 1978, he fashioned a band that would become known all over the world as Dave Evans and River Bend with Jim Rigsby on bass, John Rigsby on fiddle, Ralph Smith on guitar, and Shayne Bartley on mandolin.