Britt hails from Star, North Carolina, where she fell in love with bluegrass
music. Starting at age 8, banjo and clogging became her life, taking her
to France and England where she won many awards for her playing and dancing.
After high school, she joined Petticoat Junction, an all-female group
based out of Nashville, Tennessee. In 1992, she joined the award-winning
band New Vintage. New Vintage was winner of the 1993 Pizza Hut Showdown,
and also went on to win the 1993 SPBGMA band contest. In the summer of
1993, she played with the Texas Rangers in Yoshima, Japan, for three months
at the Fisherman's Wharf. In 1994, she joined Carolina as the acoustic
bass player, and also added her superlative vocal abilities to the unit
as well. She later moved to banjo where she felt very much at home. It's
easy to say there are only great things to come from this fine young talent.
Gena has worked in radio relations at Doobie Shea Records in Boones Mill,
VA. and now travels with her ever increasingly popular band, the "Gena
Britt band," who you will be hearing a lot about! Gena was featured
in the April 2002 issue of Bluegrass NOW Magazine. Be sure to check out
her tour dates on her website at www.GenaBrittBand.com
I was happy to have Gena do some harmony work also on my "Same Old Me".
Jeff Davis lives in Marion North Carolina, where he comes from a musical Family. His father, Pee Wee Davis and his uncle, Hubert Davis formed the bluegrass group The Davis Brothers in the mid 40's. After several recordings, Hubert moved to Nashville and played banjo with "The Father Of Bluegrass Music", Bill Monroe. Hubert later started the club The Bluegrass Inn, where he played to a full house 6 days a week. With this type of musical background one can see why Jeff plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and bass so fluently. He also sings lead, tenor and baritone and has been seen working with several artists like: Lou Reid & Carolina, Grass Inc, Curtis Jones & Lonesome Timber, The New Asheville Grass, Clyde Moody, After Five, The Larry Stephenson Band, Lost Horizon, New Vintage, Lisa Ray & Old Town, Ages Past, Charlie Waller And The Country Gentlemen, Mountain Heart, Skyline Bluegrass Express, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and New Tradition. Jeff currently has his own talented band called: New Reflections, and they won the 2000 SPBGMA International Band Championship.
Chrystal Sawyer works in food preparation. She has been singing for several years at local venues like the popular Fiddler's Cove in her hometown of Liberty, NC.
Chrystal adds wonderful vocals to this CD with a high quality sound that strongly resembles Alison Kruass and Dolly Parton. Chrystal has just released her own project on Running Dog Records, self-titled "Chrystal Sawyer." Check out her website, at: www.ChrystalSawyer.com
Greg Luck also played guitar and fiddle on the "Somewhere In Time" album, and the Same Old Me album. Read about him
Johnny Dowdle resides in Gilkey, NC. He is most recently the bass player and baritone singer for Mountain Heart. Having been around bluegrass all his life and performing since the age of fourteen, Johnny has a musical background that is derived from playing with family and friends.
first started on Mandolin in a family based gospel group performing with
his mother, dad, and two cousins. After learning to play the banjo, he
left the family group to travel with Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz. Johnny
has also played with other groups such as Ages Past, Grass Inc., The Perry
Sellars Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, and The Stanley Tradition Band.
This website was created and designed by Johnny.
Routh plays banjo, guitar & bass. He is now in a band called "Nu-Blu."
Check out their website at: www.Nu-Blu.com
Daniel and Donna were in a bluegrass band together from 1999-2001, called "Different Directions," that competed in competitions, and performed locally in the central North Carolina & Virginia area. (pictures: "Different Directions.")
Daniel has also played contemporary Christian music, Alternative.
Kim Gardner lives near Raleigh, NC. His great dobro work can be heard on the Lonesome River Band's award winning release - Carrying The Tradition .
Kim has worked in groups in the past such as New Vintage and After Five while finding time to lend his ability to studio work as well. He is a delightful addition to this project!
Hulin plays mandolin, guitar, and sings. He is a North Carolinian who
works at Sherwin Williams and lives in Asheboro with his wife, Jennifer.
Boyd has played with the band Different Directions and is active in his church, Gospel Way in Denton, NC. His vocals are tremendous which is why I chose for him to sing lead on a couple of tracks.
Britt plays fiddle, mandolin & guitar and lives in Star, NC. He attends
North Moore High School, and has played with The Next Generation &
Donna played in the band Different Directions with William and his talented brother Brandon, Gena's nephews. William received special mention or his guitar playing in a review of this project in the Bluegrass NOW issue of Feb. 2002.