David Parmley, Scott Vestal, and Continental Divide (#306)

An entertaining blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass.

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Performances by Continental Divide provide an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass along with some pure country music. The members of this versatile and talented Nashville-based group have played with such notable bluegrass artists as the Bluegrass Cardinals, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Del McCoury, Bobby and Sonny Osborne, and Béla Fleck.

Continental Divide features David Parmley on guitar, Scott Vestal on banjo, Mike Anglin on bass, Randy Kohrs (the newest member of the band) on dobro (resophonic guitar), and Rickie Simpkins on mandolin and fiddle.

Parmley says the band owes its diverse sound to the wide musical interests of the individual members. “Basically, our music is whatever we like to do [at the time we’re performing],” he says. “Our shows are not pre-planned.”

Some song titles from previous Jubilee performances give an idea of Continental Divide’s interesting combination of tunes: “Someone Took My Place with You,” “One More Night with You,” “You’re Going To Miss Me When I’m Gone,” “Somehow Tonight,” and “Nine-Pound Hammer.” The repertoire also includes several fast-moving instrumental numbers, like “Fireball” and “Foggy Mountain Special.”