Big Country Bluegrass is pleased to announce that John Treadway of Taylorsville, North Carolina, is now playing banjo and singing harmony with the group. John has been playing banjo since he was 12 years old, and his experience includes time with Wes Golding and Surefire and more recently with the the popular North Carolina band, Idle Time.
John takes the banjo spot left vacant at the end of 2015 when Lynwood Lunsford left after nine years with the group. The band wishes Lynwood the very best and really appreciates his friendship and his valuable service for all those years. Concerning John joining Big Country Bluegrass, band leader Tommy Sells, summed it up nicely by stating, "John plays a great traditional style and his interest and talent in learning our material has impressed all of us. We believe our fans will be equally impressed by John and his talents."
The band returns to Eastwood Studios this month to begin recording their next Rebel Records release which will celebrate their 30 years as a band.
Our lead single, "The Bluefield West Virginia Blues" is currently # 1 on the January 2016 BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED National Bluegrass Survey...Many thanks to the DJs for playing our music and also to the fans for requesting the songs.
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Big Country Bluegrass delivers their own hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music, and it makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform. Whether it's at a festival in Missouri, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, or at a small intimate concert in their hometown of Independence, Virginia, the band brings back memories reminiscent of the early days of bluegrass music.
Tommy and Teresa Sells formed Big Country Bluegrass in the late 1980s, and the group's name comes from the instrumental "Big Country" that the late Jimmy Martin recorded many years ago. All band members live in and around the Virginia-Carolina Blue Ridge, and their music reflects much of the deep musical heritage found in this region which is at the heart of the Crooked Road Music Trail.
Tommy plays mandolin and does most of the emcee work while Teresa plays rhythm guitar, sings lead and the high harmony vocals. Eddie Gill handles most of the distinctive lead vocals and plays the guitar. John Treadway plays banjo and also sings harmony for the group. Tony King of Galax, Virginia, plays the acoustic upright bass, and bluegrass veteran Tim Laughlin, of Bristol, Tennessee, plays fiddle and sings harmony with the band.
The recent success of Big Country Bluegrass on the bluegrass charts has helped spread the word about their traditional sound. Their latest Rebel recording, Country Livin' and it's lead cut, "The Bluefield West Virginia Blues" has garnered the prestigious # 1 spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited air-play chart.
The band has their new Rebel Records release, Country Livin', and it's available to fans from band members or through this website - see brand new recording page for details for Country Livin' and see the recordings page for all their other recordings.