Banjo Ben Lesson

Hello all! I recently had the pleasure of recording an online lesson with Banjo Ben Clark. In the lesson we look at a technique I use pretty often, called a scrape. While I certainly don’t take credit for this, it is a big part of my playing. You can check out the lesson here:


Banjo Ben Site:

October and the Haunting of Bluegrass

Hey all,

Here’s where I’ll be if you want to catch me in October!

October 4 / Asheville, NC / Jack of the Wood (w/ Drew Matulich & co)
October 5 / Chattanooga, TN / 3 Sisters Festival (w/ Dismembered Tennesseeans)
October 6 / Chattanooga, TN / 3 Sisters Festival (w/ Circus No. 9)
October 7 / Chattanooga, TN / The Barage Unplugged (w/ Circus No. 9)
October 9 / Asheville, NC / Isis Music Hall (w/ Thomas Cassell Band)
October 11 / Knoxville, TN / Barley’s (w/ Thomas Cassell Band)
October 13 / Atlanta, GA / JCT Bar (w/ Thomas Cassell Band)
October 25 / Baltimore, MD / House Concert at Brad’s (w/ Circus No. 9)
October 26 / Carlisle, PA / Bosler Library & Misenos (w/ Circus No. 9)
October 27 / Mt Holly Springs, PA / Holly Inn (w/ Circus No. 9)

I’m thrilled to have Johnny Calamari, Max Silverstein, Will Cassell, and Drew Matulich joining me for the TCB shows. Circus No. 9 details can be found at

Thanks for listening,

"Voyager" Out Now


Happy to say that my new record, Voyager, is out now and available to all the world.  You can get a digital or physical copy at this link:

I'll also be playing some Thomas Cassell Band shows in support of this album:

September 6 / Barley's / Knoxville, TN
September 7 / Wolf Hills Brewing / Abingdon, VA
September 8 / Summit City / Whitesburg, KY

October 9 / Isis Music Hall / Asheville, NC
October 11 / Barley's / Knoxville, TN
October 12 / Stillwater Taproom / Augusta, GA
October 13 / JCT Bar / Atlanta, GA

November 2 / Jack of the Wood / Asheville, NC
November 3 / Boyd's Jig and Reel / Knoxville, TN

Circus No. 9 will be on the road for most of September.  You can find those dates at

"Voyager" out August 31, 2018

Hello all!

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my first full-length album, “Voyager” out August 31!  This album has been almost a year in the making, and features some of my best friends, heroes, and overall favorite people to make music with.  I’m joined by Matthew Davis on banjo, Sam Leslie on guitar, Vince Ilagan on bass, and Avery Merritt on fiddle, as well as special guests Adam Steffey, Wyatt Rice, and Julian Pinelli.

The project will be officially out and available on all digital music and streaming services on August 31 – until then, you can check out the project and place a preorder, receiving 3 instant song downloads, here:  You can also place a preorder for the physical CD, expected as soon as a week before the official release date. 


Things That Are Overall Not That Interesting

A few things coming up with Circus No. 9, the Bryan Sutton Band, Will Cassell, and Tellico.  Despite the title, these are exciting to me -- I hope it's the same for you. 

July 12-21 / Circus No. 9 Summer Tour Vol. 2
Headed out this Thursday (6/12) for the second portion of Circus No. 9's summer tour.  On this run we'll be hitting Lynchburg in VA, State College and Carlisle in PA, Frankfort IL, Knoxville and Nashville in TN.  Check the dates at  Gonna be a hot one (both musically and atmospherically). 

Aug 4 / Tellico in Verona, VA
I'll be filling in on mandolin with the great Asheville band Tellico, at their Verona, VA show at the Oak Grove Theater.  Tickets can be purchased here:  You can also check out Tellico's music here:

Aug 11 / Will Cassell Band in St. Paul, VA
Hometown gig with my own brother.  Should be a fun (and hot, but mostly fun) one!  Free outdoor festival, you can read about it here:  ttps://

Aug 18 / Bryan Sutton Band in Pomeroy, OH
This one is exciting.  I'll be filling in with the Bryan Sutton Band at Jorma Kaukonen's ranch in Ohio.  This one is sold out, but if you were lucky enough to grab a ticket, and also somehow stumbled onto my website, I'll see you there.  

Aug 25 / Circus No. 9 in Charlotte, NC
Circus No. 9 is back in tour mode at the U.S. Whitewater Center in Charlotte.

That's all the news we have today.  Back to your regular programming.