2013 promises to be a banner year for Big Country Bluegrass! And to start it off right, the band has an exciting announcement to make: Tim Laughlin has just joined the Big Country Bluegrass family, playing fiddle, twin mandolin and singing harmony. Tim's musical resume is long and storied. He has worked with many of the greats in the bluegrass music industry.
Anytime a group has a need for a top-notch musician to help them out, Tim is usually the one they call! There is not a better case in point than a couple of years ago when Doyle Lawson had to have bypass heart surgery. Doyle simply picked up the phone and had Tim to fill in for him. That's just how good a musician Tim Laughlin is. And to top it all off, Tim is one of the nicest, unassuming people that you will ever meet! So, to say that the members of Big Country Bluegrass are thrilled to have Tim onboard, is an understatement! Make sure you get to a Big Country Bluegrass concert real soon, so you can say "howdy" to Tim Laughlin and welcome him to the family
Big Country Bluegrass was formed by husband and wife Tommy and Teresa Sells in the late 1980s and took its’ name from Tommy’s coon-hunting buddy Jimmy Martin’s instrumental Big Country. The group delivers their own hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music, and it makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform. Whether it’s at a festival in Missouri, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, or at a small, intimate concert in their hometown of Independence, Virginia, the band brings back memories reminiscent of the early days of bluegrass music.
Big Country Bluegrass plays music that has become known to many as Galax or Mt. Airy style bluegrass. It is straight ahead, hard edged bluegrass with no frills. The rhythm and timing are solid, the instrumental work is clean and tasteful, and the vocals are from the heart.
The band has released over a dozen albums and CDs over the years. Their latest release, The Boys in Hats and Ties, has garnered the prestigious # 1 spot in both the Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and the Bluegrass Music Profiles’ radio air-play charts. Tom T. and Dixie Hall wrote the title track. For more information on the band, go to http://www.BigCountryBluegrass.com/