Personalities | The Nashville Bluegrass Band | Alt. Country & The Bluegrass Revival
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1984–present)
The Nashville Bluegrass Band put the blues back into bluegrass with their frank borrowings from black gospel quartets and country bluesmen. The band was founded in 1984 by Alan O’Bryant (vocals, banjo, b. 1955), Pat Enright (vocals, guitar, b. 1945), Mike Compton (mandolin, b. 1956) and bassist Mark Hembree, with Stuart Duncan (fiddle, b. 1964) joining in 1986. Bela Fleck produced the group’s 1985 debut which featured tight harmonies and Compton’s Bill Monroe-like mandolin rhythms. A 1988 tour-bus crash forced Compton and Hembree to leave the group, replaced by Roland White (vocals, mandolin, b. 1938) and Gene Libbea (bass, b. 1953). This line-up won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) highest honour, Entertainer Of The Year, in 1992 and 1993. White and Libbea were replaced by Compton and Dennis Crouch in 2000.
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