The All American Bluegrass Band (#1405)

The All American Bluegrass Band performs its classic yet innovative and fun brand of down-home, original bluegrass at the 2008 Renfro Valley Bluegrass Music Festival. A KET Production.

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Taking their influences from traditional bluegrass and their skill at fun, down-home, original songwriting, the All American Bluegrass Band are a festival and fan favorite. On this episode of Jubilee, recorded at the 2008 Renfro Valley Bluegrass Music Festival, the All American Bluegrass Band brings a fresh sense of enjoyment in performing classic sounding, original bluegrass music.

The group originally came together for a performance on September 7, 2001, hosting an all bluegrass show at a theater in New Paris, OH. About a week later, the crew stuck with its name and began performing regularly as part of the Bluegrass Jamboree USA. Shortly thereafter, the group began touring and performing at festivals, fairs, and theaters in several states throughout the Midwest. Given their growing popularity, they were eventually invited to become a regular part of the world famous Renfro Valley Barn Dance.

The current lineup includes its founding members—Mark Poe on banjo, Harold Russell on mandolin, and Duane Sparks on bass—joined by Hal Cottrell on guitar. The group’s live performances often include a mix of styles that not only includes traditional bluegrass, but also bits of gospel, classic country, and some classic rock performed in the traditional bluegrass style. The band enjoys bringing all of this together for audiences in a fun-filled, laughter-laced show centered on the classic sounds of good time bluegrass.