The songs of mandolin player Brennen Leigh have been recorded by country stars Sunny Sweeney and Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack. Leigh has a cult following in Scandinavia, and has performed and recorded with the likes of Charlie Louvin, Robbie Fulks and Jim Lauderdale.
Fiddler Beth Chrisman brings her award winning songwriting (Independent Music Awards “Country Song of the Year”) to the band. While a member of the Carper Family, Chrisman performed on Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion. In the past, she has worked with Alice Gerrard, John C Reilly, James Hand and The Heartless Bastards.
Guitarist Noel McKay was discovered by Guy Clark in 1993 while performing at the Jimmie Rodgers Festival in Kerrville, Texas. Clark and McKay’s co-write “El Coyote” went on to win a Grammy for “Best Folk Album.”
Bassist and old time banjo player Simon Flory performed throughout the mid south with his mentor, bluegrass legend Donny Catron (Tennessee Gentlemen, Jesse McReynolds, Doyle Lawson). He also studied and taught at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.
While each musician’s resume is impressive in its own right, this new collaboration between long time friends has already gained national and international attention.
“High Plains Jamboree brings to the stage everything that we love about folk and roots music: a beautiful tapestry of homespun lyrics, instrumentation, and high lonesome harmonies.” –Jenni Finlay, Jenni Finlay Promotions, Eight 30 Records