Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Crooked Road: Dry Branch Fire Squad

Ron Thomason was born and raised above the Clinch River in Russell County, Virginia. He began playing music at the age of 13 and has since played or recorded with some of the biggest names in Bluegrass music, The Clinch Mountain Boys, The Wilson Brothers, Joe Isaacs, Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley to name but a few. In 1976 he formed the Dry Branch Fire Squad.

The Dry Branch Fire Squad have been festival favorites for over a quarter century. The band has seen several members come and go over the years, but the humor and leadership of Ron Thomason has always held the band to high standards. They have played the Old Time and Bluegrass standards to thrilled audiences across the country and have become somewhat of a standard themselves. And they have set that standard high with superb instrumentation and sweet harmonies.

Just last year Rounder Records released the 2 CD Dry Branch Fire Squad - Live At The Newburyport Firehouse. While all of the more than two dozen CDs that the Dry Branch Fire Squad have released are excellent examples of fine Old Time and Bluegrass music, nothing can compare to their live performances for the full effect. Ron Thomason is the band's emcee, introducing each song with a witty, insightful story. The songs are all wonderful mountain standards full of emotion.

Buy Dry Branch Fire Squad - Live At The Newburyport Firehouse here.

Dry Branch Fire Squad - Hot Corn, Cold Corn.mp3

Dry Branch Fire Squad - Standing By The River.mp3

Dry Branch Fire Squad - The Orphan Train.mp3


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