I am very proud to announce that I am the 2017 National Bluegrass Banjo Champion. After several years and varying placements in the event, I finally took 1st place at the Walnut Valley National Bluegrass Banjo Contest. I really appreciate the Walnut Valley festival and all of the fine folks who put it on every year. It’s really like a big family, and I’m already looking forward to next year.
Here’s some videos from the last few months traveling with Jeff Austin.
Music City Roots!!
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be officially joining the Jeff Austin Band in 2017. I’ve already done a handful of shows with the band and it’s been a lot of fun. Many of this summer’s shows are jAb and the Travelin’ McCourys teaming up for a ‘Grateful Ball’… both bands onstage together playing the music of America’s greatest Rock-n-Roll band, The Grateful Dead. These shows have been exactly as billed, a BALL !! I’m looking forward to lots more of this soon. Check out our summer schedule here.
Photo by Phishbone Photography.
I’ve had this lovely classic stuck in my head for a few days now, so I figured…. “Why not plug in all the toys and go for it?!?” I even talked Kermit the Frog into a cameo…. Hope ya dig it. Spread some love around and take care of some people this year! AND look out for new banjo music recorded on old-school plastic in 2017 !!!
I am really pumped to announce that I’ll be doing 5 shows in Fall of 2016 performing the music from my album ‘Bobcat’. I’ve got a great cast of players assembled for the shows including Royal Masat on bass, Drew Matulich on mandolin, and Frank Rische on guitar. We’re headed around the southeast, CLICK HERE to see where we’ll be playing and to get tickets.
My debut album ‘Bobcat’ is officially available. 12 Tracks of new banjo music, 10 of my original compositions. Many thanks to everyone who helped out along the way. Visit the Store page to order a copy.
The music is done and the paperwork has begun. Literally as soon as I can finish the publishing and copyright procedures and get this thing off to the press I will have it available for the world. In the meantime, here’s a little footage from the studio. Jenni Lyn Gardner, Dustin Benson and Royal Masat laying down my tune “Through The Fence”. Total dream team of groove. B chord, right where they belong. Also, there’s a sidebar on this page where you can download a single from the record early, for FREE.
Here’s a little update: I’ve done a few more sessions, and am getting dangerously close to having the music complete for my new album. It’s mostly original compositions, some are 5 years old, some are brand new. It’s been a new and fun challenge to produce this project on my own, and I feel that I learn something new with every session. Stay tuned, there will be an opportunity for an early download of a single…
I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be releasing my first solo album in 2015. I’ve been hard at work in the studio with Daniel Rice at Gravity Boots Recording. We had a very productive 3 days with all these awesome cats pictured above: Dominick Leslie on Mandolin, Royal Masat on Bass, the unmistakable Billy Contreres on fiddle, and Jon Stickley on guitar. It’s an honor to have such great musicians as friends and colleagues. More to come soon!
I’ve been doing some duo shows around Nashville lately with the lovely and talented Jenni Lyn Gardner. We’re having lots of fun arranging traditional material to fit the duo instrumentation, and working up some new original material too. And of course, no acoustic duo is complete without a little instrument swapping!! You’ll have to catch us in person to hear my dazzlingly executed mandolin solos, and Jenni Lyn crackin’ that 5 just like her Granny taught her. And we’ve got another project together in the works, so keep your ears out!