New River Bluegrass latest CD Different Shade Of Blue is the groups fifth CD but the first release of original Bluegrass songs written by local song writers in the Greer SC Area (Home of the Late Carl Story). After having a #1 Song on the Singing News Bluegrass Chart in 2013 we wanted to expand our listening audience with the release of "Bluegrass State Of Mind". This is a song that any bluegrass picker or lover can relate to.
New River Bluegrass consists of Barry Long on Banjo and Dobro and singing baritone and lead. Mike Johnson handles the Rhythm Guitar and sings tenor and lead vocals. Fiddle is in the hands of Chuck Price who also sings baritone and lead while Dwayne Brown handles the Bass and share lead vocals. You'll find Mike Mullins on the Mandolin and his voice singing bass and lead. Andy Smith plays Lead Guitar and also share lead vocals.
They began by performing in churches, fundraisers, and small events. After the first CD titled “Crying Holy”, the group added Mike Mullins on mandolin and bass vocals and later added Andy Smith on lead guitar and vocals for the “Heart on the Run” project. The band's previous project, on the Pisgah Ridge Label of Cross Roads Music, expanded their music nationally and produced a #1 song on the Singing News Bluegrass Charts.
The group has performed at festivals such as Bluegrass on The Waccamaw, Reno Fest, many town festivals, auditoriums, and Dollywood. New River Bluegrass is looking forward to sharing this unique blend of music with your Church or Event. Be sure to download this project to your bluegrass collection.