We are proud to provide the professional Bluegrass music and guidance through workshops of some of the most talented and looked up to instrumentalists and vocalists in the genre. Please welcome these PINECASTLE recording artists to the first annual Great Alaskan Fish ‘n Pick:
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Jeff Autry was born in 1965 in Decatur Georgia. At age 12, he began learning chord forms on guitar and playing with his dad in a local bluegrass band. He began his music career at 19 working with the Georgia based bluegrass band Clearwater where he stayed for three years. At 26, he joined the bluegrass swing band, The Texas Rangers performing guitar and lead vocals. The band, which included banjo master Scott Vestal, played an eight month tour of Japan. After returning to the U.S., Jeff joined Rounder recording artist The Lynn Morris Band and toured the bluegrass circuit throughout the U.S.
Jeff is highly regarded as one of the most talented guitarist of our time performing and recording with many of the bluegrass legends he grew up admiring, including Sam Bush, Vasser Clements, Ricky Skaggs, Peter Rowan and the John Cowan Band. His recording credits include the award winning instrumental series Bluegrass 96 through Bluegrass 2001, his own solo album titled Foothills (all on Pinecastle Records), Leftover Salmon mandolinist Drew Emmett’s solo album, as well as the John Cowan Band’s Sugar Hill Records release, Always Take Me Back.
Jeff’s album “Foothills” on Pinecastle Records is due to be newly released in 2016 during his tour with the Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry.
Since first hitting the scene in the early 1980’s, Alan has made a name for himself as one of the most creative and technically gifted mandolinists in bluegrass and acoustic music. He was an original member of the ground breaking bands; The New Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, BlueRidge and for the last eight years the band Alan Bibey & Grasstowne.
Alan won the SPBGMA “Mandolin Performer Of The Year” award for 2007, 2009 and 2010. He won the IBMA “Instrumental Album of the Year” in 2001, “Album of the Year” in 2006, “Recorded Event” in 2012 and SPBGMA “Album of the Year” in 2008. His solo project “In The Blue Room” was voted “Top Instrumental Album” by County Record Sales. The 2004 BlueRidge project for which he wrote the title track, was nominated for a Grammy. He was included in the Mel Bay book “Greatest Mandolin Players of the Twentieth Century.” In early 2004 the Gibson Company put into production the Alan Bibey Signature line of mandolins, reaffirming his status as one of the most influential mandolin players in bluegrass and acoustic music history. Some of his most recent accolades include numerous #1 albums and songs, including his writing and performance on the latest Grasstowne single, “Cold Dark Ground”. His project with Wayne Benson, called the Mandolin Chronicles, was nominated last year for five IBMA awards.
Alan currently plays with his band Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, having just released their new CD “Alan Bibey & Grasstowne 4”, and is currently working on several album projects for various artists which he produces in his studio, Maggie’s Crib, in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.
Jason Davis began playing banjo around age 10. A Ford, VA. native, Jason was inspired when his uncle Thomas Davis began taking him to local bluegrass festivals. He got his first gig at age 14 with Michelle Nixon and Drive. Three years and two records later, he joined the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band, where he helped record the Grammy nominated album, “Tell Someone.” Next came a stint with BlueRidge, then a three year tour with Alan Bibey as a founding member of Grasstowne, where he cut two records.
In 2008, Jason recorded a solo album, “Steppin Out,” which became a finalist for the IBMA instrumental album of the year. Jason lists Flatt & Scruggs, JD Crowe, Terry Baucom, Sammy Shelor and Tom Adams as his biggest influences. He is now touring with Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice.
Influenced greatly by his father and grandfather, Edgar Loudermilk cut his teeth on bluegrass by learning to play bass to the legendary record, “Bluegrass Album Band Volume 1”. Surrounded by music at an early age, he was only nine when he began playing bass in his family’s band. Loudermilk was also exposed to the great music of some of his other famous relatives, The Louvin Brothers. He continued to play in his family’s band until he was 20 years old when he joined a group called Carolina Crossfire. The band had quite a following in the Georgia area and it wasn’t long before he decided to expand his options and try his hand at playing professionally, a decision that has made him a staple for elite artists in bluegrass music. In 2001, Loudermilk auditioned for, and was ultimately hired by Rhonda Vincent. About a year later, he was encouraged to audition for one of the greatest voices in country music who he had heard was transitioning to the bluegrass genre. In December of that year, Loudermilk became the bass player and tenor singer in the newly formed group Full Circle and would back up Marty Raybon for almost five years. “I really enjoyed playing with Rhonda and Marty,” stated Loudermilk. “My first professional job was with Rhonda and I learned so much from her. Working with Marty was really a great experience because we not only played bluegrass, but we got to play some of the old Shenandoah music, too.”
In 2006, Loudermilk heard that Ray Deaton was leaving IIIrd Tyme Out and that opened up a whole new prospect for the bass-playing singer. “I’d been singing tenor for Rhonda and Marty and knowing that Ray was a great bass singer, I practiced really hard for that audition with Russell.” Loudermilk’s practice paid off and he became the newest member of IIIrd Tyme Out, replacing Deaton in July 2007. “I really love the music of this band,” stated Loudermilk, “Singing with Russell Moore is the compliment of my life because I don’t believe there’s a better singer anywhere.”
In 2011, Edgar released his first solo album, Roads Travelled, which not only showcased his vocal talents and his solid bass playing, but also his songwriting skills, having written or co-written each of the 12 tracks on the project. In addition, he calls on the talents of his musician friends and bosses, former and current, as well. Accompanied by Tim Crouch; fiddle, Randy Kohrs; Dobro, Scott Haas; banjo and former Full Circle bandmates Ashby Frank; mandolin and Shane Blackwell; guitar, the musicianship on the CD is second to none. Guest vocalists include Marty Raybon, Cia Cherryholmes, Rhonda Vincent, Russell Moore, Randy Kohrs and Glenn Harrell.
Edgar also wrote all 15 songs on on his October 2013 second solo album release, My Big Chance Tomorrow. The album appeared on numerous radio charts and also appeared on the Roots Music Report’s Top 100 Bluegrass Albums of 2014 chart. His strong, confident bass playing, and vocal prowess is the foundation for this solid record. He is accompanied by another group of amazing instrumentalists and vocalists on this album to including but not limited to Jeff Autry, John Cowan, Shawn Lane, Wayne Benson, Junior Sisk, Buddy Melton, Scott Vestal and many more
In November 2013, Edgar partnered with Dave Adkins to form the new duo, Adkins & Loudermilk. The two released their debut album in March 2015 and the album has hit numerous Album and Singles charts including “Georgia Mountain Man” which Edgar wrote about his Grandfather. This album, added to Loudermilk’s successful solo releases was proof positive that his songwriting, bass-playing and vocal skills would secure him a top spot in Bluegrass music for a long time. We have a lot more to see from Edgar Loudermilk.