This past weekend I attended the Benefit for LeeAnna Stewart at the Carter County Fairgrounds. People got together to raise money for LeeAnna’s family and a lot of folks donated their time and/or money to help out.
David Carroll and New River Line, The Kyle Burnett Band and Tony Pence and the Big Ugly performed on stage and all of them were great.
It was my first time seeing the Kyle Burnett Band and I was impressed. The band is comprised of Kyle Burnett – vocals and guitar, Adam Ison – vocals and guitar, Josh Cantrell on banjo, and Aaron Eldridge on the bass. For this performance they were joined by Chaston Carroll on mandolin. Part way through the show Kyle broke a guitar string and borrowed David Carroll’s Cotten acoustic guitar (made by Gary Cotten of Grayson). Kyle laughed and thanked David for loaning him his mandolin player and his guitar. Kyle is the Booking Manager for BluWav.com a music publicity, booking and marketing company.
The Kyle Burnett Band is a good bunch of guys and it was very cool of them to donate their time and energy for a good cause. I especially enjoyed Josh’s banjo playing.
I have written about David Carroll and New River Line several times lately. One of my favorite bands and some very friendly guys.
David Carroll vocals and guitar, Chaston Carroll on mandolin, Chad Gilbert on bass, and Adam Collinsworth on banjo, guitar and vocals. Head on over to NewRiverLineBluegrass.com to see about getting yourself some music from David Carroll and to check on tour dates.
Kyle Burnett Band – Old Home Place
I have seen Tony Pence a few times but this was the first time I had seen this lineup. Tony Pence and the Big Ugly includes Glenn Ginn on blue ReedPaulSmith, Nick Johnson on drums, Jeremy Armstrong on the bass, and Conner Copher on the Green Telecaster. While this band isn’t exactly bluegrass they are very good. Tony sings a few Waylon Jennings tunes and other classic country as well as some of his own original songs. Conner and Glenn are both excellent guitarists and can really rock.