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Bill YatesMartinsburg, WV -- 2004 is when the idea of The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band was first born, when Bill Yates, 20+ year member of the Country Gentlemen, Darren Beachley and David Propst met at Cabin Fever Picking Party in Hampton, VA and sang some old and new Country Gentlemen songs. Later, after further deliberation, they decided to go through in creating a project in tribute to the Country Gentlemen. After a search produced the addition of 4 more members, in August of 2005 the Bill Yates and Friends: A Tribute to the Country Gentlemen project was initially started and later was completed and released in December 2006 on the MasterShield Records label located out of Bridgewater, VA. It became an instant hit with fans, friends and fellow musicians alike, so much so that the band started touring.

Due to the popularity of the first project, a second project was started and finally released in August 2009, again through the Mastershield Recording label under the name of The Country Gentlemen: Tribute II. This recording was expected to make an even bigger impact than the first one, and it surely did, certainly living up to its expectations.

Bill Yates toured with and fronted the band for 9 years until he did tragically pass away the night of Monday, January 26, 2015, from complications due to cancer. He leaves behind a historic legacy of music, having the honor of previously performing with many bluegrass greats down through the years, such as Red Allen, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, but most importantly the Country Gentlemen. Now, with a plethora of urging and support from friends, family, fellow musicians and promoters alike, the band has decided to continue on the legacy of the Country Gentlemen as The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band not only without Bill, but also in honor of Bill.

The current lineup that will be continuing to perform on stage will include: Mike Phipps on guitar and "Charlie Waller" sound-alike vocals, David Propst on mandolin and vocals, Rick Briggs on banjo and vocals, Larry Kirk on upright bass and vocals and Mark Clifton on dobro and vocals. This ensemble vows to continue to put its heart and soul into each performance, trying to help satisfy that musical hunger for the multitude of Country Gentlemen fans that still fill this country; especially the ones that truly do miss Charlie Waller & Bill Yates. We will continue to move forward and perform in tribute as closely as possible the tunes from yester-year thought to be long lost for the ages, as they attempt to re-create each tune, vocally and musically as best they can as it was previously originally presented and performed.

So don’t miss this live tribute to one of the most influential bands in bluegrass history. Come and see and hear the sound that is The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band. You’ll walk away in disbelief and awe at hearing what you thought you’d never hear again.

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