David Grier in Concert!

Friday, November 17, 2017
House Concert in NW Gainesville, FL

Solo show - 7pm - 9pm  $25 in advance
Guitar workshop 3-4pm  $50 in advance
Space is limited so advance reservations for both are highly recommended!
Get your tickets NOW online here ----------->>>>>>
 

David is one of the very top acoustic guitar players of all time in my opinion!

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1961, a family move to Nashville at age 3 fully immersed David Grier into the bluegrass music world, and at age 6, he began playing the guitar. Today, he is regarded as one of the premier acoustic guitarists in the world, along with his early influences, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, and family friend Clarence White. Recognized by Acoustic Guitar Magazine in 2000 as one of the Artists of the Decade, and named Guitar Player of the Year three times by the International Bluegrass Music Association, Grier has played on four Grammy Award-winning albums (True Life Blues: A Tribute to Bill Monroe; The Great Dobro Sessions; Alison Brown’s Fair Weather; and Amazing Grace 2: A Country Salute to Gospel).

Having released four albums on Rounder, beginning in 1988 with Freewheeling, Grier launched his own label, Dreadnought Recordings, with the 1998 debut release, Hootenanny, with Dirk Powell and Tim O’Brien (“endlessly inventive and tasteful” - All Music Guide). Evocative (Dreadnought 2009), featuring 10 original tunes and a rich complement of collaborators (Victor Wooten, Paul Franklin, Stuart Duncan and more), has been hailed for its “deep musical introspection” as well as its “unmatchable mastery of the guitar” (Martin Mull). Other Dreadnought releases include the highly-acclaimed Live at the Linda (2007) and I’ve Got the House to Myself (2002) (“unfettered explosive invention” - Tim O’Brien). His most recent release is Fly On The Wall (2014).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Jim Hurst in Concert!

Saturday February 27, 2016
House Concert in NW Gainesville, FL
Solo show - 7pm - 9pm  $20 in advance
Guitar workshop 2-4pm  $50 in advance
Space is limited so advance reservations for both are highly recommended!
Get your tickets NOW online here ----------->>>>>>

Questions? Contact Scott here
 
 
David Morris - Bluegrass Today has Intrepid CD one of his top 6 CDs of 2012 !!!
 
Says David: "Jim Hurst: Intrepid. “Three Hands” Hurst (he can’t possibly play that way with just two) is, for my money, right up there with Tony Rice as bluegrass guitar royalty. All the evidence needed to back up that statement is right here on this gem of an album. It’s mostly Jim and his guitar, and occasionally his voice. Nothing else is needed."

 "Jim Hurst is one of the most versatile and tasteful guitar players I know. Whether he's flailing the rhythm for an old time fiddle tune, laying down a funky groove, or finger picking a beautiful ballad, his playing is both impeccable and creative. Accompanying this instrumental virtuosity is a rich and expressive voice with a surprising range." Mark Schatz

To listen to Jim Hurst is to be amazed by his tasteful and flawless performances. Perfect timing and tone and his unusual picking style has enchanted guitar players from the novice to his peers. It’s no surprise, then, that his musical mastery began with a musical upbringing paving the way for a winding and varied career path.

Born into a musical family, Jim spent his youth playing guitar under the influences of flat-picking greats Tony Rice, Doc Watson, George Shuffler, and Clarence White. But the finger-style playing of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed was the “turn in the road” for Jim. This amalgam of impact defined his technique.

Using his early years to hone his style, Jim’s guitar work and harmony vocals for Holly Dunn’s Rio Band brought his talent to both the national and international stage. Then in 1992, going electric, he played guitar with Trisha Yearwood, touring extensively and appearing on numerous radio and television shows. He also performed with Sara Evans, whose 1998 RCA release No Place That Far features Jim’s vocals and acoustic guitar work.

Craving to play more bluegrass, Jim joined Grammy-nominated Claire Lynch and The Front Porch String Band in 1995, during which time he teamed up with bassist Missy Raines. They began the duet Jim Hurst and Missy Raines while with Front Porch, but then broke off in 2000 to focus solely on their collaboration. Remaining faithful to their bluegrass roots, Jim and Missy explored other genres creating ground-breaking arrangements that wowed the bluegrass community. Their partnership resulted in two Pinecastle Records, Two and Synergy , receiving critical acclaim and garnering them IBMA Guitar and Bass Player of the Year for 2001 and 2002.

Desiring greater freedom to create his own musical path, Jim left the Claire Lynch Band in 2010 to embark on a solo career. Already seasoned with three solo recordings, Open Window, Second Son, A Box of Chocolates, his latest 2012 release, Intrepid, exhibits his deft guitar work and soothing vocals. His shows meet with rave reviews as he astounds his audiences with his brilliant playing yet makes people feel right at home with his humble congenial and funny persona. Jim is currently performing solo full time, both nationally and internationally, as well as teaching at camps and workshops in North America and Europe. Additionally, his highly sought-after talent has led to side projects with other bluegrass greats, most recently Rob Ickes and David Grisman. But his solo show, which allows his personal style and unique creativity to come through in spades, is what keeps his audiences mesmerized. 

 


Steve Smith and Tim May in concert!
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Show - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
 
Concert at
Music Junction
14856 Main Street
Alachua, FL 32615
386-462-1181

An evening of original, traditional and swing music with mandolinist/vocalist Steve Smith and Nashville guitarist/vocalist Tim May.  The two musicians have collaborated in studio and on stages in the southwest and now bring their acoustic brand of fire on the strings to Music Junction in Alachua. Smith and May originally met while on staff at Camp Bluegrass in Levelland Texas and quickly discovered many common musical threads for exploration honoring tradition and improvisation.

Steve Smith is not only known as one of this country’s top mandolin players but also as an outstanding educator. Along with his work with the Roots/Bluegrass group The Hard Road Trio Steve has been on faculty at the California Coast Music Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Music Camp, Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp, Zoukfest and Camp Bluegrass (for sixteen years running).  Smith has appeared at festivals and venues including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, High Mountain Hay Fever, Rocky Grass, Swallow Hill, Freight and Salvage, Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, the Big Horn Mountain Festival, and the Minnesota Old-time and Bluegrass Festival.   With the Las Cruces Symphony he has performed works of William Grant Still, Gershwin and George Crumb.  Along with thirty years of coast to coast touring, Smith has performed in Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Cuba and the US Virgin Islands. He has also performed in musical theater in Cotton Patch Gospel (multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and actor) and the Robber Bride Groom; he composed and performed the score for a production of the Sam Shepard play Curse of the Starving Class. Steve has appeared on over 30 albums as performer and producer including guitar legends Jim Hurst, Mitch Perry, and Tim May, banjoist Bill Evans, Alan Munde and Tim O'Brien.  His music has been heard on countless radio stations across the US and on the Discovery Channel, The History Channel and even the Weather Channel.  

Mandolin workshop:

All styles and levels benefit with a warm up including right hand pick direction, tremolo, double stops and scales. We'll then look at double stops as jumping off points for melodies and compare some tunes that have common ground. Next we'll be using blues patterns (Including minor pentatonic and the blues scale) for use in solos and improvisation to develop phrasing in Bluegrass and other styles based on the double stop shapes we examine and how to move in and out of the double stop patterns in any key.

More on Steve:

 

Flatpicker Tim May has been working in the Nashville area for over 20 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer. Higher profile projects have included touring with Patty Loveless and John Cowan, and working as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider. Tim was the solo guitarist on Charlie Daniels’ recording of I’ll Fly Away, which was nominated for the Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy in 2005. That same year he was session leader on the critically acclaimed Moody Bluegrass album (he later played on Moody Bluegrass II as well). The Nashville Scene selected Tim in the Best Instrumentalist category in their 2012 Reader's Choice Poll.   PK Thompson GuitarsShubb Capos,  Elixir StringsBenedetto Guitars , L.R. Baggs Pickups and Pre-amps and Breedlove Guitars all have presented professional endorsements to Tim, a serious nod to his talents. 

Guitar workshop:
Flatpicking guitar improvisation: all levels. Tim will unravel the mystery of improvisation and give you the tools to immediately start doing it: if you are beginner or intermediate you will leave the workshop with the ability to make up solos on the spot to most chord progressions. If you are advanced you will take your playing to the 'next level' with 'chord tone targeting' and 'limiting' exercises. Tim has developed this workshop with Flatpicking Guitar Magazine editor Dan Miller with great success all over the country. We'll look at the vocabulary of improvisation: The Big Four: 1)Scales 2)Folded Scales 3)Crosspicking 4)Harmonized Scales (will spend most of our time on the first two) and briefly look at Major Blues and Minor Blues.

For more on Tim:




Jim Hurst in Concert!
Saturday January 10, 2015
Solo Show - 7:30pm - 9:30pm  $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Space is limited so advance reservations are highly recommended!
Concert at
Music Junction
14856 Main Street
Alachua, FL 32615
386-462-1181

 
jimhurst.com
David Morris - Bluegrass Today has Intrepid CD one of his top 6 CDs of 2012 !!!
Says David: "Jim Hurst: Intrepid. “Three Hands” Hurst (he can’t possibly play that way with just two) is, for my money, right up there with Tony Rice as bluegrass guitar royalty. All the evidence needed to back up that statement is right here on this gem of an album. It’s mostly Jim and his guitar, and occasionally his voice. Nothing else is needed."

 "Jim Hurst is one of the most versatile and tasteful guitar players I know. Whether he's flailing the rhythm for an old time fiddle tune, laying down a funky groove, or finger picking a beautiful ballad, his playing is both impeccable and creative. Accompanying this instrumental virtuosity is a rich and expressive voice with a surprising range." Mark Schatz

To listen to Jim Hurst is to be amazed by his tasteful and flawless performances. Perfect timing and tone and his unusual picking style has enchanted guitar players from the novice to his peers. It’s no surprise, then, that his musical mastery began with a musical upbringing paving the way for a winding and varied career path.

Born into a musical family, Jim spent his youth playing guitar under the influences of flat-picking greats Tony Rice, Doc Watson, George Shuffler, and Clarence White. But the finger-style playing of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed was the “turn in the road” for Jim. This amalgam of impact defined his technique.

Using his early years to hone his style, Jim’s guitar work and harmony vocals for Holly Dunn’s Rio Band brought his talent to both the national and international stage. Then in 1992, going electric, he played guitar with Trisha Yearwood, touring extensively and appearing on numerous radio and television shows. He also performed with Sara Evans, whose 1998 RCA release No Place That Far features Jim’s vocals and acoustic guitar work.

Craving to play more bluegrass, Jim joined Grammy-nominated Claire Lynch and The Front Porch String Band in 1995, during which time he teamed up with bassist Missy Raines. They began the duet Jim Hurst and Missy Raines while with Front Porch, but then broke off in 2000 to focus solely on their collaboration. Remaining faithful to their bluegrass roots, Jim and Missy explored other genres creating ground-breaking arrangements that wowed the bluegrass community. Their partnership resulted in two Pinecastle Records, Two and Synergy , receiving critical acclaim and garnering them IBMA Guitar and Bass Player of the Year for 2001 and 2002.

Desiring greater freedom to create his own musical path, Jim left the Claire Lynch Band in 2010 to embark on a solo career. Already seasoned with three solo recordings, Open Window, Second Son, A Box of Chocolates, his latest 2012 release, Intrepid, exhibits his deft guitar work and soothing vocals. His shows meet with rave reviews as he astounds his audiences with his brilliant playing yet makes people feel right at home with his humble congenial and funny persona. Jim is currently performing solo full time, both nationally and internationally, as well as teaching at camps and workshops in North America and Europe. Additionally, his highly sought-after talent has led to side projects with other bluegrass greats, most recently Rob Ickes and David Grisman. But his solo show, which allows his personal style and unique creativity to come through in spades, is what keeps his audiences mesmerized. 




 




Mark Newton and Steve Thomas

in concert with guests Amanda & Scott Anderson
Thursday, January 10, 2013, 7:00pm
Gainesville, FL
concert tickets $20
(advance tickets recommended!)
for tickets, contact Scott at mato65@msn.com

 

Come on in - sit a spell.
Mark Newton and Steve Thomas are just like a couple of good friends from down the road a piece - only they pick and sing better than most of the neighbors. Between them, they have over 60 years of musical experience, a Grammy nomination, a CMA nomination and multiple IBMA awards.

 

About Mark Newton
Mark was born into a musical family in the Bluegrass State near Paducah, Kentucky. He worked with the Heights of Grass and for many years with the Knoxville Grass, both very popular touring groups in the 1970's and '80s.  In 1983, Mark Newton with friends Rickie and Ronnie Simpkins and Sammy Shelor founded the Vrginia Squires. After working with The Squires, Mark worked with The Tony Rice Unit and The Seldom Scene - filling in after John Duffy passed away. Mark went on to team up with the Legendary Bill Emerson and tour as Newton & Emerson, recording a highly successful album on Pinecastle Records called "A Foot In The Past A Foot In The Future”. In 1998, Mark released his first solo album for the Rebel label called "Living A Dream." One of Mark’s most recognized accomplishments was his project "Follow Me Back To The Fold" - A Tribute To Women in Bluegrass. This album won the “IBMA Recorded Event of The Year” award in 2001. In 2006, Mark collaborated with Grammy-winning producer Carl Jackson and released the album “Hillbilly Hemingway” which was nominated in 2007 as the IBMA “Album of the Year”.

 

About Steve Thomas
For over twenty years, Steven Thomas has been a professional musician touring and working with the biggest artists in Bluegrass and Country music. As a youth, Steve played in the Roanoke Youth Symphony and went on to play with some of the best bands in and around the Roanoke area while in High school. In 1981, he won “Best Mandolin Player” at the Virginia State Championship and first place in the Grand American Fiddle Championship in Chilhowie, VA. In 1982, he won “Best Fiddler” at Galax, VA. and “Best Fiddler” at the World’s Fair in Knoxville, TN. He then hooked up with Tim Austin to form The Lonesome River Band and later went on to play fiddle with Del McCoury. He soon found himself on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry with Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys. Steve has recorded and performed with The Lost and Found, The Whites, The Osborne Brothers, Aaron Tippin, Barbara Mandrell, Brooks and Dunn, LeeAnn Womack, Kenny Chesney, John Michael Montgomery, Ronnie Bowman, and Lorrie Morgan. More recently, he has been working in the studio recording and producing music by The Crow Brothers, Larry Cordle, and Jesse McCreynolds.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
Alan Munde
five-string Banjo legend
in concert with elliott rogers
Monday, January 30, 2012, 7:00pm
Gainesville, FL
concert tickets $20
(advance tickets recommended!)

 

 

     Alan Munde needs no introduction to long-time Bluegrass fans. From his early creative work with Sam Bush in Poor Richard's Almanac to his traditional bluegrass apprenticeship with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys to his 21-year stint anchoring the landmark Country Gazette, Alan has blazed a trail as one of the most innovative and influential banjo players of all time. Along the way, Alan also recorded and contributed to numerous instrumental recordings, including the 2001 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year - Knee Deep in Bluegrass. Alan has supplemented his recorded work with several instructional publications for the banjo, and, since 1986, Alan has taught Bluegrass and Country Music at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, a program which has produced many professional musicians nationwide. In recent years, Alan has performed and recorded as a duo with his South Plains faculty colleague (and former Gazette-mate) Joe Carr. Alan's extensive body of recorded work, his instructional materials, and his work at South Plains (including the annual Camp Bluegrass) has solidified his status as one of the true 'gurus' of the 5-string. Alan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. He was profiled in the June 2005 issue of Bluegrass Now magazine.

 

Hear sound samples at http://alanmundegazette.com/audio/index. !

 

"I've been a fan of Alan Munde's banjo playing for a long time and now he may have a rival for my musical affection. I love Elliott Rogers' singing on "Wave Goodbye" and "Little Teardrops." Made to Last is a strong bluegrass project -- great instrumentals and wonderful vocals. Thanks AMG! "
Katy Daley, WAMU's Bluegrass Country, Washington, D.C.

 

"Banjo legend Alan Munde has a new group and from the sound of his playing he couldn't be happier...a group of veteran pickers poised to make a mark in today's youthful bluegrass market." Bluegrass Now magazine, March 2005

 

"Many thanks for your material and very fine CD. All the songs are 100% right for my "Bluegrass around the world" radio show. Audience response is great, special for "My Kentucky dream", "Darcy farrow" and "It's never too late". But I'm spinnin' also all the other greats."  Pete Lenloy, Radio Carinzia, Vienna, Austria.

 

"Alan Munde Gazette's self-titled, debut release contains fresh and exciting presentations of a wide range of bluegrass material featuring songs by Bob Dylan, "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, Carter Stanley, and Dolly Parton. There are also original compositions by band members Alan Munde and Bill Honker. Bluegrass fans will groove on "This Morning at Nine," "Alberta Bound," "Daybreak in Dixie," "Darcy Farrow," and the gospel favorite, "Softly and Tenderly." Bluegrass Now Magazine, November 2004

 

"I found the release to be highly entertaining, with several cuts being my favorites: This Morning At Nine, Darcy Farrow, Softly & Tenderly; Never Ending Song of Love. Norris Long, Allegheny Mountain Radio, WVMR-AM; WVLS-FM; WCHG-FM Dunmore, WV; Monterey, VA; Hot Springs, Vaianship. This is fine music that deserves to be heard. Highly recommended." William Drake, Bluegrass Reflections

 

"I just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your new release as the Alan Munde Gazette. I was pleasantly surprised at the nice mix of music that never drifted outside the circle of great acoustic performances. I was especially pleased to hear "Deep Elum Blues." You may have just recorded the best version of this classic that I've ever heard. "Alberta Bound" was another nice surprise. I've actually never heard the song sung by anyone other than Gordon Lightfoot and George Hamilton, IV. It was nice to hear your upbeat approach to a great song. "Misty Morning Amble" is a delight to listen to over and over again. And "Darcy Farrow" is always welcome in my home and on my program. There's not a mis-step on the entire project. Thanks for the great work. We'll be playing from this a lot on Classicheartland.com." - Marvin O'Dell - Classicheartland.com - Goodyear, AZ

 

"Flawless pickin', strong tunes, and fine pacing and production add up to a package I'll be happy to spin often on KUTs Folkways." - David Obermann, KUT Radio, Austin, TX

 

"Many thanks for sending us a copy of the new Alan Munde Gazette project. I like the new name (it's the only name that would really do) and I really like the new project-full of some neat tunes, cool arrangements and, of course, some of the tastiest banjo picking in the known acoustic universe. I especially enjoyed "Deep Ellum Blues" (your breaks on that one are just mouth-wateringly fine), "Alberta Bound" (Gordon Lightfoot's only real bluegrass tune, which no one has ever thought to cover), "Darcy Farrow," "It's Never Too Late" and "Don't Think Twice." I'll be doing my best to promote the heck out of it here in Nashville and in our other syndicated (public radio) locations. Thanks again for the sublime music!" - Dave Higgs Bluegrass Breakdown Nashville Public Radio

 

"...this initial CD by the Alan Munde Gazette brings a refreshing twist to the sometimes cookie-cutter bluegrass being produced today. It has an interesting regionalism in the voices and a laid back attitude in the execution. It?s a strong first effort by a new group."  - Fireball Mail, the newsletter of the Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Music Association

 


 

 

The Claire Lynch Band

featuring  two-time
International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch
with special guest on bass,  7-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year, Missy Raines
(workshops available also!  see below)
Saturday, March 5, 2011, 7:00pm
at The Filling Station (Youth building) at
Grace at Fort Clarke United Methodist church
9325 W. Newberry road, Gainesville, FL
concert tickets $20
(all remaining tickets will be sold at the door )
Proceeds will help support Grace UMC Youth program
 

 

 

     About Claire Lynch
     There were very few role models for a young woman starting out on the bluegrass highway back in the mid ‘70’s when Claire Lynch joined a band called Hickory Wind. A native of Kingston, New York, who has lived in Northern Alabama since the age of 12, Claire was offered a position in the band, decided she was going to be a bluegrass singer, and that was pretty much that. After changing its name to the Front Porch String Band, the group worked regularly throughout the Southeast over the next several years, becoming fan favorites on the strength of its open-minded musical approach and incredible lead singer.

 

     But by 1981, despite a handful of well-received albums (including Claire’s first solo effort, Breakin’ It) and increasing word-of-mouth acclaim, the band had tired of the grind and called it quits. A decade would pass before the band regrouped, but Claire put the time to good use. In addition to raising a family, she launched dual careers as a songwriter (her songs have been recorded by Patty Loveless, the Seldom Scene, Cherryholmes, Kathy Mattea, the Whites and Stephanie Davis) and a session vocalist. Her exquisite harmonies have graced albums by such leading artists as Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea, Jesse Winchester, Sarah Watkins and Ralph Stanley.

 

     A re-energized Front Porch String Band roared back onto the scene with their 1991 album, Lines and Traces. The success of that album and the band’s resumed touring led to Claire’s second solo album, the critically-acclaimed Friends for a Lifetime in 1993. Next came the Grammy-nominated Moonlighter in 1995, followed by 1997’s sublime Silver and Gold, which also received a Grammy nomination. During the next several years on the fast-track the Front Porch String Band evolved into one of the sharpest, most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit. Their last recording effort was Rounder’s Love Light, a collection more-than-half comprised of original Claire Lynch songs and which was described as “a masterpiece… an Americana programmer’s true delight.

 

     In 2000, husband and mandolinist Larry Lynch, founder and instrumental mainstay of the band from the beginning decided to follow his ever-increasing musical passion for Celtic style picking. For the next few years, Claire enjoyed another hiatus from the road while searching out new players. In the fall of 2004, she formed the Claire Lynch Band and begain extensive touring.

 

     In the Winter of 2005, Claire signed her second three-album deal with Rounder Records. The first release, New Day (March ’06), was a top favorite pick for several publications, scored a #1 song on the National Bluegrass Survey and an IBMA nomination for “Song of the Year”. Next came the anthology collection, Crowd Favorites (October 2007) which earned another couple of top ten positions on the survey. Ms. Lynch describes her follow-up CD, Whatcha Gonna Do (September 2009) as “Americana-inflected bluegrass.” It took the #1 spot on the January 2010 BMP national bluegrass CD chart and was included in several “Top Pick” CD lists for 2009.   In 2010 Claire was also awarded the IBMA's Female Vocalist of the Year Award for her second time.

 

 


 

 

 

 
Jim Hurst in concert
A concert of red-hot acoustic music featuring guitar master and two-time
International Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year Jim Hurst
Friday, January 21, 2011, 7:30pm
at The Filling Station at
Grace at Fort Clarke United Methodist church
9325 W. Newberry road, Gainesville, FL
concert tickets $15
(tickets will be sold at the door )

 

visit JimHurst.com

 

Jim is known throughout the Nashville TN area as one of the best in the business. His talents of singing, multi-intrumentalist abilities and well-rounded stylings have garnered him support positions and recording sessions with some of the best artists in Country and Bluegrass music. Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, Holly Dunn, Claire Lynch, Travis Tritt, John Cowan, Mark Schatz, Tim O'Brien and more.

 

Jim is more and more becoming known as an artist in his own right, recording and releasing his first CD "Open Window in 1998. Then teaming up with duet partner, award winning bassist Missy Raines, recorded and released two CDs. 2002 saw the release of Jim's second solo CD, "Second Son" to rave reviews and Bluegrass chart action.

 

Jim's most recent recording "A Box of Chocolates" - 2007 is the newest CD from the musical mind of Jim Hurst. Always looking for the new inspiration, Jim is currently working of his next recording. Jim has a multi-faceted approach to music and performance. His singing, guitar work, songwriting and live performances can entertain with calm sincerity as well as high-energy and magician-like accomplishment.

 

What others are saying about Jim Hurst:

 

"Jim is one of the most under-rated musicians on today's acoustic scene. He always mines a deep grove and heats things up to a rolling boil. Combining strong country and bluegrass roots, subtle invention, and a big beautiful sound. Jim's music is consistently fresh and friendly."
- Tim O'Brien

 

"Jim uses his family background, along with his exceptional talent, to build upon a foundation of his own memories and inspiration to create a contemporary sound that is still able to reflect strong traditional values... Jim Hurst is a very hard-working musician with clear goals for himself."
- Country Review

 

"There's not a more inventive, talented guitar player in the bluegrass business than Jim Hurst. He brings a world of experience in so many different kinds of music and formats to everything he does."
- Tim Stafford

 

"In a field known for great instrumental work, Hurst is as good as they come...His guitar playing is marked by pure abandon."
- Country Standard Time

 

"Jim Hurst is one of the most versatile and tasteful guitar players I know. Whether he's flailing the rhythm for an old time fiddle tune, laying down a funky groove, or finger picking a beautiful ballad, his playing is both impeccable and creative. Accompanying this instrumental virtuosity is a rich and expressive voice with a surprising range."
- Mark Schatz

 

"Jim Hurst has an attractive vocal delivery with his songs...but it has to take a back seat to his incredible flat-picking guitar work."
- Country Music News

 

Jim proudly endorses the following products:
Rockbridge Guitars
D'Addario Strings
Fishman Transducers
First Quality Musical Supplies
Gibson USA

 

Jim also proudly plays Gallagher Guitars - Look for the  "Jim Hurst" model Gallagher guitar!



 
Clay Hess in concert
A concert of amazing bluegrass music featuring Grammy-winning guitar master Clay Hess
with Jesse Gregory, Amanda Anderson, and Scott Anderson
 
Saturday, December 18, 2010, 7:30pm
at The Filling Station at
Grace at Fort Clarke United Methodist church
9325 W. Newberry road, Gainesville, FL
concert tickets $15
(advance tickets recommended - any remaining tickets will be sold at the door)

 

Clay hess guitar workshop
Saturday, December 18, 2010, 2-4 pm
$50 per student
(advance tickets recommended - any remaining tickets will be sold at the door)
 

 

visit clayhess.com

 

     Clay Hess is a Grammy award winner who first burst upon the national bluegrass music scene as the red-hot flat-picking guitarist with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, with whom he toured for three years. With his awesome speed and tasty sense of syncopation, Hess has established himself as one of the top flat-pickers in the business.

 

     Clay began playing guitar at age nine after hearing Tony Rice's landmark recording,  "Manzanita."   From there, Clay's life was changed because all he did was play his "old cheap guitar."   Before too long, Clay got his first "real" guitar when his dad bought him a new Martin D18 for his birthday.  Clay continued to hone his skills and develop his own style, winning guitar contests along the way, including the Ohio State Guitar Championship in 1995.  When he was 19, a friend told him about an open audition at Dollywood. Clay landed the gig, playing guitar with the band, True Blue.  Fellow musicians were noticing Clay's talents.  One of them was multi-Grammy Award winning country and bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs.

 

    Eventually Clay left Dollywood to return home to Ohio.  He was working in construction and had nearly quit playing altogether when Ricky Skaggs called in 1999 and asked him to fill the guitar slot for Kentucky Thunder.   Clay thought the call was a joke and hung up the phone.  Ricky called a second time and convinced Clay that the offer was real.    Clay then spent the next three years performing with Kentucky Thunder.  While Clay was a part of the band, the International Bluegrass Music Association awarded Kentucky Thunder their Instrumental Band of the Year Award for both 1999 and 2000.  Clay recorded on three projects with Skaggs, and was awarded a Grammy for his participation on the project "Soldier of the Cross."

 

    After leaving Skaggs' band, Clay toured with The Mark Newton Band playing mandolin and then guitar before joining Mountain Heart.   Eventually, he left to join another one of the hottest young bands around, Sierra Hull and Highway 111, with whom he still tours today.
 
 
     Though Clay largely considers himself a bluegrass player, his influences range outside of bluegrass and include players such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Charlie Parker and Leon Rhodes.   The CF Martin guitar company has also recently began production of the Clay Hess D-18 signature model guitar in recognition of Clay's talent and influence.



 
Jim Hurst in concert

A concert of red-hot acoustic music featuring guitar master and two-time
International Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year Jim Hurst
Friday, April 23, 2010, 7:30pm
at The Filling Station at
Grace at Fort Clarke United Methodist church
9325 W. Newberry road, Gainesville, FL
concert tickets $15
(tickets will be sold at the door)

 

Jim Hurst guitar workshop
Friday, April 23, 2010, 2-4 pm
$60 per student
 

 

visit JimHurst.com

 

Jim is known throughout the Nashville TN area as one of the best in the business. His talents of singing, multi-intrumentalist abilities and well-rounded stylings have garnered him support positions and recording sessions with some of the best artists in Country and Bluegrass music. Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, Holly Dunn, Claire Lynch, Travis Tritt, John Cowan, Mark Schatz, Tim O'Brien and more.

 

Jim is more and more becoming known as an artist in his own right, recording and releasing his first CD "Open Window in 1998. Then teaming up with duet partner, award winning bassist Missy Raines, recorded and released two CDs. 2002 saw the release of Jim's second solo CD, "Second Son" to rave reviews and Bluegrass chart action.

 

Jim's most recent recording "A Box of Chocolates" - 2007 is the newest CD from the musical mind of Jim Hurst. Always looking for the new inspiration, Jim is currently working of his next recording. Jim has a multi-faceted approach to music and performance. His singing, guitar work, songwriting and live performances can entertain with calm sincerity as well as high-energy and magician-like accomplishment.

 

What others are saying about Jim Hurst:

 

"Jim is one of the most under-rated musicians on today's acoustic scene. He always mines a deep grove and heats things up to a rolling boil. Combining strong country and bluegrass roots, subtle invention, and a big beautiful sound. Jim's music is consistently fresh and friendly."
- Tim O'Brien

 

"Jim uses his family background, along with his exceptional talent, to build upon a foundation of his own memories and inspiration to create a contemporary sound that is still able to reflect strong traditional values... Jim Hurst is a very hard-working musician with clear goals for himself."
- Country Review

 

"There's not a more inventive, talented guitar player in the bluegrass business than Jim Hurst. He brings a world of experience in so many different kinds of music and formats to everything he does."
- Tim Stafford

 

"In a field known for great instrumental work, Hurst is as good as they come...His guitar playing is marked by pure abandon."
- Country Standard Time

 

"Jim Hurst is one of the most versatile and tasteful guitar players I know. Whether he's flailing the rhythm for an old time fiddle tune, laying down a funky groove, or finger picking a beautiful ballad, his playing is both impeccable and creative. Accompanying this instrumental virtuosity is a rich and expressive voice with a surprising range."
- Mark Schatz

 

"Jim Hurst has an attractive vocal delivery with his songs...but it has to take a back seat to his incredible flat-picking guitar work."
- Country Music News

 

Jim proudly endorses the following products:
Rockbridge Guitars
D'Addario Strings
Fishman Transducers
First Quality Musical Supplies
Gibson USA

 

Jim also proudly plays Gallagher Guitars - Look for the new "Jim Hurst" model Gallagher guitar sometime in 2008!

 

 
Visit these links:
www.jimhurst.com
cdbaby.com/cd/hurstjim
cdbaby.com/cd/hurstjim2
www.myspace.com/jimhurst
www.digstation.com/jimhurst

 

 

 
The Claire Lynch Band
Music for the Mission
A concert of fantastic acoustic music featuring Grammy nominated and
International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year
Sunday, June 1, 2008, at 6pm
9325 W. Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL, 32606
Info  (352) 332-8770
get your tickets at Grace UMC office
(tickets may also be purchased by mailed check and picked up the night of the show -
any tickets not pre-sold will be sold at the door - sorry, but no refunds -
please include your email address and phone number with mailed ticket requests)
Adults $20
Child (age 5-12) $10
(under 5 years old free with adult)

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

The Jim Hurst Band
Music for the Mission
A concert of red-hot acoustic music featuring guitar master and two-time
International Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year Jim Hurst
with Missy RainesClaire Lynch, Jason Thomas, and Scott Anderson
Sunday, May 7, 2006, 6:30pm
9325 W. Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL
Info (352) 332-8770
tickets $10 at Grace UMC office
(any tickets not pre-sold will be sold at the door)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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