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About the video
Alan Bibey and Grasstowne perform "Rawhide". Alan Bibey is one of the best to
ever put a pick to a pair of strings!
About the artists
Mandolinist Alan Bibey is the sole remaining member of the original BlueRidge,
created when the short-lived mid-'80s group New Quicksilver reunited in 1998.
He turned heads as an original member of IIIrd Tyme Out and then with Lou Reid
& Carolina. His contributions to The AcuTab Sessions: Knee Deep in Bluegrass
helped it earn IBMA awards for instrumental album and recorded event in 2001.
He released a solo album, In the Blue Room, in 2000.
Junior Sisk's songwriting added to the Lonesome River Band's ascent to
bluegrass stardom in the early 1990s, but it was his lonesome, haunting singing
that earned him the devotion of traditional bluegrass fans a few years later as a
member of Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz. Subsequently, he assembled Rambler's
Choice, which released the acclaimed Sounds of the Mountain in 1998 and
contributed to the IBMA award-winning The Stanley Gospel Tradition and LRB
banjo man Sammy Shelor's Leading Roll. A brief stint with the Lost & Found
followed (he can be heard on the band's most recent album) before Sisk joined
BlueRidge in time to take the lead vocal role on 2002's Come Along With Me.
With a tenor equally suited to harmonies and high leads, bassist Ed Biggerstaff
joined the band shortly after the release of its Sugar Hill debut, 1999's Common
Ground. His resume includes service with Rambler's Choice, Larry Rice and
mandolin legend Herschel Sizemore, who called Biggerstaff "one of the easiest
going guys in the business."
Fiddler Alan Johnson found success early, winning the East Tennessee
Championship when he was just 13. Trained in bluegrass, he nevertheless found
himself pursuing a country music career with artists like Pam Tillis before signing
on with Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time in the wake of the latter's
Murder on Music Row success. Though he returned to country with a high profile
job in Grand Ole Opry star Lorrie Morgan's band, his heart was set on
bluegrass, and after intermittent guest appearances with BlueRidge, he became
a full-time member of the group early in 2003. In addition to his spirited playing,
Johnson contributes to the group's vocals, including the critical bass role in their
signature gospel quartets.
Joey Cox is the newest member of BlueRidge, tapped to take the place of
departing banjo player and founding member Terry Baucom. Though he joined
the group just weeks before the completion of Side by Side, his talent and
enthusiasm convinced his colleagues to make him a full-fledged contributor,
appearing on every selection on the album.