With family roots traced to Bill Monroe's home place of Ohio County, Kentucky, Tommy Brown cut his teeth, so to speak, on classic traditional bluegrass. A third generation musician, Tommy began pickin' the five-string banjo at age six. His musical abilities were recognized when he garnered both the Kentucky State and the Tennessee State Banjo Championships. In addition to banjo, Tommy is a masterful guitar and mandolin player. His powerful pickin' style and soulful vocals embrace his passion for the mountain-style bluegrass music he performs today.   Tommy also showcases his song-writing talents on the groups latest CD, Fallen Leaves .

Since 2002 Tommy has had the rare opportunity to present a fourth generation of musicians to audiences around the country. Seventeen-year-old son, Jereme Brown, handles lead guitar and baritone vocals.   He is also an accomplished banjo picker and wows audiences with his hard-driving, spirited banjo.   Jereme also showcases his exceptional song-writing abilities on his instrumental CD entitled, Passing on the Tradition . Jereme penned two songs for this project, his self-titled Jereme's Breakdown and a tune called Garnett's Ride , a tribute to his late Papaw. Sixteen-year-old daughter, Rachel Brown, handles acoustic bass responsibilities.   Even at a young age and with an instrument twice her size, she skillfully provides the solid, dependable rhythm.   Many accolades have come her way from some of the best musicians in the industry.   Continuing the family tradition, Tommy's wife, Laura Brown, provides tenor vocals for the group.   As a 20-year veteran clogger, she occasionally sneaks in a jig dance or two!

Providing a unique dimension to this group, eightteen-year-old Josh "Jug" Rinkel provides back-up banjo work, lead and bass vocals.   Josh began his bluegrass career as a "roadie" for the County Line Grass but quickly learned to pick the banjo.   Performing now as a regular band member, Josh has become a fan favorite!   He even joins Laura in a few jig dances.  The group's newest member is Fiddlin' Wayne Fyffe. Wayne provides exceptional fiddle work even though he has only played fiddle for a few short years.   His spirited fiddle tunes make you want to get up and dance. His exceptional back-up work provides the perfect complement to the group's moving ballads.

Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass are pleasing audiences around the nation. They have appeared on DIRECTV's RFD Cumberland Highlander Show, 2002 IBMA Fan Fest, Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration, Silver Dollar City, Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival and the Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival as well as countless festivals and concert venues throughout the country.

This is one group that holds true to their beloved traditional, mountain-style bluegrass. So grab a seat, sit back, relax and enjoy this entertaining, family-oriented group!

 

Updated 8/26/09

 

 

 

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