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Dry Branch Fire Squad to Make Rare Appearance at Station Inn

Dry Branch Fire SquadNashville, TN -- Now celebrating their 40th year in bluegrass music, The Dry Branch Fire Squad is scheduled to make a rare appearance at The Station Inn on Friday, August 8, 2014. Their last appearances in Nashville were in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Bill Monroe and Kenny Baker sat in as special guests. Recording on Rounder records, The Dry Branch Fire Squad has been playing old-time, purebred traditional bluegrass music with conviction for almost a half-century. They are affectionately known as one of the most important and entertaining bands in bluegrass history.

In forty years of music making, Dry Branch Fire Squad has become an institution in American acoustic music. Inspired by an fierce and uncompromising loyalty to the most traditional aspects of bluegrass, old time and southern gospel music, Dry Branch Fire Squad is fueled by the musical vision and cultural commentary of Ron Thomason. Unlike most bluegrass groups, Dry Branch Fire Squad sells neither itself, its members, nor even particular bluegrass songs. What it markets are the emotions which stimulated the creation of bluegrass and mountain music as well as a taste of the culture in which this music evolved.

A native of southwest Virginia, Thomason founded the Dry Branch Fire Squad in 1976. To date, the band has recorded over twenty-three projects and performed at the most prestigious acoustic music venues and festivals in North America. Most bluegrass observers agree that Dry Branch's current line-up is one of its strongest ever: in addition to Ron Thomason on mandolin, guitar and lead vocals; other group members are Brian Aldridge on guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals; Tom Boyd on banjo, Dobro and harmony vocals; and Danny Russell on bass and harmony vocals.

Dry Branch Fire Squad has performed numerous times for the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the Smithsonian Institution and has toured internationally for the U. S. Information Agency. The band¹s all-gospel release Golgotha was chosen by the Library of Congress for its Select List of significant recordings of American music.

This year, Dry Branch Fire Squad is once again touring from coast to coast, appearing at some of the most prestigious music events in North America including their 62nd consecutive appearance at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; the Hardly, Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, California and the Dixieland Bluegrass Festival in Waldo, Florida.

"There is no band in bluegrass or country music that captures the soul of American music better than the Fire Squad."
  - Keith Lawrence, Knight-Ridder Newspapers

The band's latest recording project, Echoes of the Mountains has been as well-received as their much-heralded two-disc set titled Live at the Newburyport Firehouse which received rave reviews and was followed up with the band's fifth cover article in Bluegrass Unlimited and a cover story on the band's leader in Bluegrass Now, the two leading publications in the bluegrass trade.

The band's earlier studio projects, Hand Hewn and Memories That Bless and Burn, an all-gospel compilation featuring six newly recorded tracks, let many more people in on a secret that the bluegrass community has already known for years: Dry Branch Fire Squad is one of most entertaining and emotionally moving performance groups in American music today.

The Station Inn, also celebrating its 40th year in bluegrass music, is located at 402 12th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203. The show starts at 9pm, with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Nashville, TN -- Now celebrating their 40th year in bluegrass music, The Dry Branch Fire Squad is scheduled to make a rare appearance at The Station Inn on Friday, August 8, 2014. Their last appearances in Nashville were in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Bill Monroe and Kenny Baker sat in as special guests. Recording on Rounder records, The Dry Branch Fire Squad has been playing old-time, purebred traditional bluegrass music with conviction for almost a half-century. They are affectionately known as one of the most important and entertaining bands in bluegrass history.

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