Burchett, Morgan & 5ivespeed (#1404)

Featuring banjo player Elmer Burchett and mandolin player Roscoe Morgan, Jr., 5ivespeed bring their high-energy brand of Bluegrass to the 2008 Renfro Valley Bluegrass Music Festival. A KET production.

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Banjo player Elmer Burchett and mandolin player Roscoe Morgan, Jr., enjoy the combination of high-speed attitude and the up-beat, energetic side of traditional bluegrass. On this episode of Jubilee, recorded at the 2008 Renfro Valley Bluegrass Music Festival, Burchett, Morgan, and their band, 5ivespeed, let loose with a stunning display of hard-driving bluegrass that shoots from the hip and aims to get the folks moving.

Both Burchett and Morgan share extensive backgrounds in the world of Bluegrass. “With a name like Elmer, it just figured I’d be pickin’ banjo sooner or later,” jokes Burchett. Growing up he quickly discovered his personal gift, to write and play bluegrass, and his style has remained true to the motto—“Keep it simple.”

Morgan, who lives in Maryville, Tenn., while sharing the same heartfelt connection to the traditional sounds of bluegrass, also enjoys the exciting energy of heavy metal and classic rock. Though he’s quick to separate these interests (especially on stage!), he also cites these other forms as influences for 5ivespeed’s “high intensity bluegrass.”

For fans of high-energy performance, cutting edge sounds, and hard-driving traditional bluegrass, Burchett, Morgan, and 5ivespeed are sure to deliver.