Doors - 6:00pm
Showtime - 7:00pm
$16 in Advance | $19 at Door
One of the most important characteristics for any band is to have grounds of commonality. These abound among the members of Dry Branch Fire Squad. All of the guys in the band have strong work ethics, varied interests, close ties to their families, have had success in professional endeavors outside of the field of music, and bring nearly boundless energy and enthusiasm as well as a variety of musical experiences to their efforts in doing the band’s work and to their respective performances. As one might suspect with such individuals, they have strong respective personalities.
Brian Aldridge is an artist at enunciating exciting harmony lines that give expression to the soulfulness and meaning ob bluegrass and old-time music. He also has a knack for finding just the right runs that give body to the band's lyrics with both his guitar and mandolin. His father was the great banjoist, Howard Aldridge; and Brian got steeped early on by the music of folks like Bill Monroe, Sid Campbell, and Frank Wakefield who came to his house to play music with his father.
Tom Boyd is "to the manor born" (as the old saying goes) if manor were manner and that manner were MUSIC. Tom started singing in church with his parents and just never stopped, although he did eventually fledge. Tom sings all the parts, and in DBFS he is best known for his wonderful high baritone though he sings tenor just as often. He is an expert banjoist and Dobro player who has performed over the last forty years with the likes of Larry Sparks, The Allen Brothers, Mac Wiseman, Hylo Brown, Jack Casey and many others. He has recorded with not only those folks but also Chubby Wise, Ricky Skaggs, and even was a stalwart on Ron Thomason's first solo album back in 1972.
Jeff Byrd has an impressive professional musical resume as a bass player who sings bass, baritone, and lead. He has performed and/or recorded with The King’s Journeymen, Higher Ground, the Jennie Lynn Band and Jetts Creek along with short stints with several other bands.
Ron Thomason started out as a child and never got over it. His early years above the Clinch River in Russell County, VA, were tied with all the succeeding ones for being the most enjoyable of his life. His professional music career started at the age of 13, and since then he has played and/or recorded with The Clinch Mountain Boys, The Wilson Brothers, Joe Isaacs, Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley, and a host of others. He started DBFS in 1976 and is known to enjoy music-making more now than ever.