Alan Bibey & Grasstowne is a band comprised of some of the most diversely talented and highly respected musicians in bluegrass and acoustic music. This makes Alan Bibey & Grasstowne one of the hottest and most energetic bands touring today! DJs and fans everywhere and of all ages love the unique sound of Alan Bibey & Grasstowne as they combine tradition with hard driving, progressive bluegrass. 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 project “Kickin’ Up Dust” hit in the top 5 on the singles and CD chart. The bands latest album on Mountain Fever Records, “Alan Bibey & Grasstowne 4″ has already yielded 3 huge chart hits, ” This Old Guitar and Me” “Cold Dark Ground,” and “I’m Country” and has had all 12 songs from the project charting on the Bluegrass Today Airplay charts. Bluegrass Today reviews the album saying, “Anyone who appreciates contemporary bluegrass played with precision, soul, and authority will want this one in their library”
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 Alan Bibey & 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 nominatedffor 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.
Gena Britt: Banjo / Vocals
Gena Britt grew up in a small town in NC where she fell in love with the sounds of bluegrass music at a very early age. She is well known for her dynamic and powerful banjo playing, solid acoustic bass playing & heartfelt vocals with spot-on harmonies and vocal phrasing. She is very versatile & accomplished on several instruments, respectively. Gena has been a member of three critically acclaimed bands including Petticoat Junction, New Vintage, and Lou Reid & Carolina and also did a four-year stint with her own band. Gena went on to be a founding partner of The Daughters of Bluegrass & has been a featured artist on all of the recording projects to date. Gena has free-lanced with several notable groups including, but not limited to, The Lonesome River Band, Carolina Road, Sally Jones & The Sidewinders, & The Skip Cherryholmes Quintet. She has received three IBMA awards which include Recorded Event of The Year in 2001, for her work on “Follow Me Back To the Fold” by Mark Newton; Recorded Event of the Year in 2006 for “Back to the Well” by the Daughters of Bluegrass and Album of the Year in 2006 for her contribution to “Celebration of Life”, Musicians Against Childhood Cancer.
Greg Luck: Guitar/Vocals
Greg has quite an impressive bluegrass resume as a multi-talented musician, singer, songwriter and studio engineer. He started playing guitar at the age of 7, and from a young age naturally developed an honest love for bluegrass and acoustic music. Greg was influenced by the true masters of bluegrass music – Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs,The Stanley Brothers, The Osborne brothers, & Reno and Smiley, to name a few. Greg spent countless hours learning and playing various instruments and styles. Greg started his own musical journey and has played with many great groups such as JD Crowe and The New South, IIIrd Tyme Out, The Bluegrass Cardinals, The Lynn Morris Band, The Lost & Found, The Bass Mountain Boys, Redwing, The Circuit Riders and Constant Change. Greg is also long time studio engineer and owner of Riverside Audio in Mt. Gilead, NC. He has recorded many great bluegrass artists such as IIIrd Tyme Out, The Country Gentlemen, Lou Reid & Carolina, The Chapmans, Constant Change, and many others. Greg has also written songs that have been recorded by the likes of Lee Ann Womack,Dan Seals, Mountain Heart, and many more. Greg is known for his soul stirring vocals and impeccable versatility on many different instruments and Alan Bibey & Grasstowne are thrilled to have him as a member of the band.
Zak McLamb: Bass
He started playing music at the age of 7, when his father, a banjo player, bought a bass for his mother. Soon Zak fell in love with the bass and his father taught him a few notes and encouraged him to play. Zak studied under a classical bassist once a week for three years and learned the fundamentals of playing, then took the formal knowledge that he gained and applied it to his true musical love, Bluegrass.
Zak started playing music with his parents in a local group, The Tony McLamb Band, in 1988, and continues to play with them today. He joined the Raleigh-based New Vintage Bluegrass Band in 1992 and played with them for two of his high school years. It was during this time that New Vintage won both the SPBGMA International Band Championship and the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass Showdown. Zak has recorded with many different artist in recent years and is considered one of the top bass players in the industry. We are happy to have Zak as a partner in Alan Bibey and Grasstowne!
Courtney Rorrer: Fiddle
Courtney Rorrer is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Madison, NC. Rorrer began to delve into music by singing and playing at local churches with her family’s gospel group “The Burroughs Family”. Entering local fiddler’s conventions eventually led her to front the bluegrass group, Broken Wire. After releasing one album with Broken Wire, Rorrer went on to sing harmony and play fiddle for five time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley and was able to add two Grand Ole Opry performances and a Daughter’s of Bluegrass recording to her belt. Currently, she performs solo shows with her husband Taylor Rorrer who is a multi-instrumentalist as well. Now, as a member of Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, Rorrer is excited to see what the future holds for her musical career.