Grasstowne (#1402)

Featuring legendary artists Phil Leadbetter, Steve Gully, and Alan Bibey, Grasstowne--a virtual Bluegrass super-group--brings its seasoned brand of Bluegrass talent to the 2008 Renfro Valley Bluegrass Music Festival. A KET production.

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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. On this episode of Jubilee, recorded at the 2008 Renfro Valley Bluegrass Music Festival, this assembly of Bluegrass skill and musicianship presents an unparalleled viewing experience for fans of traditionally inspired, original Bluegrass music.

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 these amazing careers—Leadbetter and Gulley have known each other since they performed in local bands as teenagers in the Knoxville, Tennessee 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. This is one Jubilee performance fans won’t want to miss.