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Big Country BluegrassIn bluegrass music, change is inevitable. Such is the case with Big Country Bluegrass. Three months ago, Johnny Williams left the group to form a new group with his wife Jeanette Williams, and Scott Freeman. The new group is called Freeman & Williams and they've recently released a new CD. Now another long-time member has decided to move on. Jeff Michael has now left the group to persue other interests. Big Country Bluegrass would like to wish Johnny and Jeff much success in the future and to thank them for their enormous contributions to Big Country Bluegrass. We encourage all our friends and fans to support both of them in their new endeavors.

But, Big Country Bluegrass has no plans of slowing down. Tommy and Teresa Sells have always been, and remain, the core of Big Country Bluegrass. Along with Lynwood Lunsford and Tony King, Big Country Bluegrass is very excited about the future of the band. The band is very excited to announce that Don Rigsby has committed to working 20-25 shows with Big Country Bluegrass, on fiddle and vocals. Also, former member Billy Hawks has agreed to help out with fiddle, on any dates that Jr Sisk is not working. Johnny Williams has also agreed to work any needed dates with the group as well.

The band hopes to be making an announcement of the new lead vocalist for Big Country Bluegrass very soon. All they can say at this point is, Ken Irwin (Rounder Records) once commented that this guy had a "voice big enough to build a band around." Stay tuned.

Big Country Bluegrass delivers their own hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music, and it makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform. Whether it's at a festival in Missouri, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, or at a small intimate concert in their hometown of Independence, Virginia, the band brings back memories reminiscent of the early days of bluegrass music.

Tommy and Teresa Sells formed Big Country Bluegrass in the late 1980s, and the group's name comes from the instrumental "Big Country" that the late Jimmy Martin recorded many years ago. All band members live around the Virginia-Carolina Blue Ridge, and their music reflects much of the deep musical heritage found in this region which is at the heart of the Crooked Road Music Trail.

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