Brush Creek Grass

Brush Creek Grass, which has disbanded since its Jubilee performance, featured Doug Ham on bass, Charlie Bays on lead guitar, James “Red” Hamilton on banjo, Don Frederick on rhythm guitar, and Harold Mosley on mandolin. The band showcased a traditional bluegrass sound that Ham described as “music rooted in the [Ralph] Stanley tradition.”

“The music of Brush Creek Grass,” Ham said, “reflects the hard life that many people in Southeast Kentucky have lived.” Named for a coal mining area called Brush Creek, the band was known for tight vocal harmonies on performances of such songs as “When You Go Walking After Midnight,” “Bluegrass Show Tonight,” and “On the Banks of the River.” The Jubilee concert also features several instrumentals.

This artist appears in Jubilee #304: Brush Creek/Bluetowne.