In a short time, veritable Bluegrass super-group Grasstowne, featuring legendary musicians Alan Bibey on mandolin, Steve Gulley on guitar, and Phil Ledbetter on resonator guitar, have succeeded at combining years of experience and talent to create an exciting new sound on the Bluegrass scene.
Bibey, Gulley, and Leadbetter have amassed a wealth of bluegrass knowledge and expertise from years of playing in groups such as IIIrd Thyme Out, BlueRidge, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and J.D. Crowe and the New South. The trio has also often crossed paths throughout their careers—Leadbetter and Gulley have known each other since they performed in local bands as teenagers in the Knoxville, TN area in the 1970s. During that time, they also met future mandolin wizard Alan Bibey. When the trio began working together in 2006, this musical friendship and familiarity, as well as a common interest in starting a new group with a new sound, led to the formation of Grasstowne.
Joined by Jason Davis on banjo and Jamey Booher on upright acoustic bass, the band’s sound combines skillful songwriting and composition and an almost unparalleled understanding of Bluegrass technique, from vocal harmonies to driving and spirited solos. The band’s debut album, Road Headin’ Home, was named the 2008 Album of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.
This artist appears in Jubilee #1402: Grasstowne.