Darrell Webb says, "Welcome Jared Hensley as newest member of the Darrell Webb Band. Jared, who also goes by "Jayrod" will be filling the shoes of Asa Gravley who is taking some time away from the road. He is a student at East Tennessee State University majoring in parks and recreation management and minoring in bluegrass. He will graduate in 2012 and is currently working on his first solo album."
Jared's first official show will be at Pickin' on the Ridge on Compton Mountain near Grundy, Va. Jared says, "I live to pick Bluegrass music. It's pretty much my life besides gettin my schoolin and all. One of these days who knows, I might get hooked up and get to do it for a livin." His MySpace motto is, "When in doubt, just listen to BLUEGRASS!"
In the clip below, Jared is the 3rd performer...
Darrell began his professional career as a musician nearly 20 years ago and has a resume that consists of playing for Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, The Lonesome River Band, JD Crowe, and Rhonda Vincent and The Rage. He can also be seen and heard filling in with such groups as The Grascals and Dailey and Vincent when his schedule allows.
Eighteen months ago, Darrell set out to forge a solo career, founding the Darrell Webb Band and recorded Bloodline to respectable critical acclaim. The album and subsequent tour has earned Darrell and DWB six IBMA Award nods in the second round ballots, including Album of the Year, Emerging Artist, Instrumental Group of the Year, Song of the Year (for "Poor Ramblin' Boy"), Male Vocalist, and Mandolin Player of the Year.
When considering which tune to portray in a video, it wasn't hard for Darrell to decide upon "Miner's Hell." With his southern West Virginia roots, songs about mining coal are in his bloodline. Darrell teamed up with Joe Denton of Broken Clarity Films, who served as videographer, editor, and co-producer. Also behind the camera and giving producing input was Ron Dockery. Darrell's booking and management agent, Jason R. Grubb of Jason R. Grubb Artist Management, served as producer.