The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet announce that Jesse Turner has taken over the duties as guitarist/vocalist with the band. Tim Graves of the Farm Hands says, "We're really happy to have Jesse join us. He's talented on so many levels. He's going to be a great fit with us."
Turner is a native of Alabama and excited to be joining the band. "For a long time I've dreamed about being a part of a professional, touring bluegrass band," says Turner. "The Farm Hands are a class act and I'm so happy to be part of such a great group." In addition to guitar, Jesse also plays banjo, mandolin, bass, fiddle, and other instruments. "Jesse gives us some new options musically that we are looking forward to," says Graves.
The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet has just received 14 SPBGMA award nominations. The band received nominations for Bluegrass Band of the Year, Entertaining Group of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, and Traditional Gospel Group of the Year.
"We're overwhelmed," says bass player/front man Daryl Mosley. "We are blessed to have have a very supportive fan base. I don't have the words to express our appreciation for such an outpouring of love from them.
Turner takes over for Kevin Williamson, who left the band at the end of 2013 to spend more time with family.
The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet has selected a winner in their New Songwriter contest. "We received so many wonderful songs and it was really difficult to narrow it down to just one" says Farm Hands bassist Daryl Mosley. "But, we selected “Down This Old Gravel Road” written by Kelli Courtney."
Kelli, who is a songwriter/bass player from Iowa and performs as part of the band ‘Radio Flyer’ was very excited. "I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity," Kelli said. " I am so completely overwhelmed and grateful for this chance the Farm hands have given me." Kelli’s song will be included on the upcoming Farm Hands CD. The band will also debut Kelli's song during their performance at the SPBGMA convention in Nashville at the end of January.
Because there were so many good songs submitted, the band may end up recording other songs that were submitted as well. "We have placed a few of them on the list of songs that we are considering for the new album as well as future projects," Mosley said. "We will be in touch with the writers of any additional songs we decide to record."