Barry Abernathy and Darrell Webb have teamed up on a new musical venture, Appalachian Road Show, with a debut album recently released on Billy Blue Records. The project has already achieved #1 status in all radio airplay charts and has seen a video for the first single do the same, garnering several hundred thousand views along the way.
Barry Abernathy was a founding member of the vocal and instrumental powerhouse band, Mountain Heart. That group or its members have won or been nominated for multiple Grammys, ACM, CMA, and IBMA Awards. Abernathy is also known for his contributions to both Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and IIIrd Tyme Out. Though, possibly the most unlikely thing about Barry’s story is his having been born with just a thumb and part of an index finger on his left hand. Still, in addition to his truly great voice, Abernathy plays a blistering banjo. Because of his hand, he approaches the fingerboard from the top and does the fretting with his thumb and the end of his single-knuckled index finger. The Georgia-born Abernathy was named Banjo Player of the Year in 1997 by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA).
Darrell Webb is a Grammy nominated session musician as well as an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and SPBGMA award winner. The mandolin master with the soaring tenor previously headed up his own eponymous band and prior to that, worked with some of the top acts in acoustic music, including Lonesome River Band, J.D. Crowe & The New South, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Wildfire, and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper.
With Appalachian Road Show, Abernathy, Webb and their talented all-star cast, including grammy nominated fiddle beast, Jim VanCleve, and legendary bass player, Todd Phillips (Bluegrass Album Band/ David Grisman Quintet/ Tony Rice Unit) seek to honor the music, traditions and history of the great Appalachian people and region. Additionally, the group takes influences from other sources and applies that Appalachian style, as they’ve done with their top-charting radio single, a grassy version of the Steve Miller Band’s “Dance, Dance, Dance.”
Their debut album is at the top of the Bluegrass Unlimited Inc. charts and their newest single “Anna Lee” debuted at number eight on the Bluegrass today chart.
We’re very lucky to have Appalachian Road Show come to Burnsville May 4th at 7:30pm, tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased at the Town Center or over the phone at (828) 682-7209.