Dry Branch Fire Squad

Over the course of more than a quarter-century of music making, the Dry Branch Fire Squad has become an institution in American acoustic music. Inspired by a fierce and uncompromising loyalty to the most traditional aspects of bluegrass, old-time, and Southern gospel music, the band is fueled by the musical vision and cultural commentary of Ron Thomason.

A native of southwest Virginia, Thomason founded the Dry Branch Fire Squad in 1976. He plays mandolin and guitar and sings lead, backed by Adam McIntosh on guitar and tenor vocals, Danny Russell on bluegrass banjo and harmony vocals, Mary Jo Leet on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals, and Charlie Leet on acoustic bass and harmony vocals.

The band has more than 20 albums to its credit, including Memories That Bless and Burn (2000) and Hand Hewn (2003).


This artist appears in Jubilee #122: Dry Branch Fire Squad.