Grasstowne is a band comprised of two very well respected veterans of bluegrass music as well as two of the finest young musicians in bluegrass today. This combination together is one of the hottest and energetic bands touring today! The band’s first two projects “The Road Headin’ Home” and “The Other Side of Towne” went to #1 and #2 respectively on the National Bluegrass Charts. The Road Headin’ home remained at #1 for three months and also won the 2008 “Album of the Year” award. Their latest project “Kickin’ Up Dust” hit in the top 5 on the singles and CD chart. The band will have a new album “Grasstowne 4″ coming out in 2014.
Alan Bibey: Mandolin / Vocals
Since first hitting the scene in the early 1980’S, Alan Bibey has made a name for himself as one of the most creative and technically gifted mandolin players in bluegrass and acoustic music. A stylist who turned heads as an original member of The New Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, BlueRidge and now Grasstowne his tasteful innovations and pristine execution earned him inclusion in The Young Mando Monsters project, Mel Bay’s Mandolin book “The Greatest Mandolin Players Of The Twentieth Century” as well as The Bluegrass All-Stars Sugar Hill Records project. Alan has been awarded “Mandolin Performer of the Year” for 2007, 2009 and 2010. His contributions to The Acutab Sessions: Knee Deep In Bluegrass helped the compilation to earn IBMA’s “Instrumental Recording of the Year”. He has instruction books and videos/dvd’s available through AcuTab and Mel Bay. The solo recording “In The Blue Room” was voted top Instrumental recording by County Sales. In 2004 Alan was nominated for a Grammy for the BlueRidge project “Side By Side”. Last but not least, in early 2004 the Gibson Company put into production the Alan Bibey Signature Series line of mandolins, reaffirming his status as one of the most influential mandolin players in bluegrass and acoustic music history.
Justin Jenkins: Banjo / Vocals
Justin Jenkins has been playing music since the age of six. His first professional gig was around the age of twelve when he was asked to become a regular member of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. In 2003 he appeared on the Grand Ole opry as a guest of Mike Snider. After high school he hit the road with Mountain Heart to sell merchandise where he got his first taste of road life. He soon joined the group Blue Moon Rising where he recorded two highly acclaimed projects “On The Road” and “One Lonely Shadow”. During his stint with BMR he gained a reputation as one of the best young banjo players in the business and deservedly so. He has completed his first solo project that will be out soon and includes a who’s who of bluegrass including Ron Stewart, Dan Tyminski, Adam Steffey, Keith Garrett and Steve Gulley just to name a few.
Kameron Keller: Bass / Vocals
Kameron Keller or “C” as he is also known, is a tremendous young musician playing bass with Grasstowne. His strong drive, timing and tone are that of a player well beyond his young age of 23. He has played in several regional bands and most recently spent two years with the Gospel band “Strong Ties”. Kameron is already a seasoned player and has the potential to be one of the best bassists in bluegrass and acoustic music
Shannon Slaughter: Guitar / Vocals
Shannon was raised in the rural North Florida town of Chiefland. He was immersed in acoustic and country music at a young age by his family. His early influences include Merle Haggard, Randy Travis, Tony Rice, Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs, and the Osborne Brothers. He began playing guitar on his own at age 8 and was soon singing in churches, at livestock fairs, and other venues around the Tri-County area. Shannon started his professional career with the Lost and Found in 1992, moving to Virginia that summer. In December Shannon joined the Larry Stephenson Band and was an integral sideman for 3 years. During his tenure with Larry, Shannon recorded 2 cds, toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, and performed on the prestigious Grand Ole Opry. In 1995, Shannon teamed with several top-flight Southwest Virginia musicians and created Savannah Road, recording and performing with them for 6 years. After a couple of years off the road, he re-entered the bluegrass profession, touring with Melonie Cannon in 2004 and 2005. In the fall of 2005, he became guitarist and lead vocalist with The Lonesome River Band, touring and recording with the award-winning band until 2007.