Seasoned bluegrass music artists American Drive are proud to announce that Artie Werner will take over as the new booking and promotional representative for the group. the band includes group members of J.D. Crowe & The New South who are carrying on now that J.D. Crowe has announced his retirement. The band includes the talents of: Rickey Wasson (Lead/harmony Vocals, Guitar), Dwight McCall (Lead/Harmony Vocals, Mandolin), Matt DeSpain (Resonator Guitar) and Kyle Perkins (Bass) all from The New South who are joined by Josh Hymer (Banjo).
Werner is a long time friend of Dwight McCall and Rickey Wasson and a few months ago left his day job to devote his full time attention to playing and promoting Bluegrass music. He is a veteran member of the Bluegrass community, performing with several bands and currently plays bass with The Missy Werner Band.
Dwight says, "We had been searching for someone to to work with our band to handle the duties required for full time promotion, allowing us to concentrate on performing and recording. After several discussions with Artie during the past few weeks we mutually agreed that this would be an excellent opportunity for both of us. He looks forward to working with all of the promoters and venues in the future representing American Drive, and will also continue to perform with and promote The Missy Werner Band. American Drive would also like to thank our friend Randy Graham and his agency for his assistance over the past year. We appreciate his help and wish him the best."
In May, 2013, American Drive launched their debut album on Rural Rhythm records which hit the #1 spot on Sirius/XM Radio Bluegrass Junction's Most Played-Albums Chart. American Drive also, hit the #2 position on the Sirius XM Radio Most Played-Tracks for May with the song “Is It Too Late To Settle Down”. The band is currently working on a follow-up release to their debut American Drive release. They should be in the studio soon to begin recording.