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Former Larry Sparks sideman, Jeff Brown along with his new band, Still Lonesome, release the single “These Old Blues” from their upcoming June Mountain Fever release, “Blue Side of Me”. The song was written by Brown’s former boss, Larry Sparks and sister Bernice (Jaymore Music ©BMI). Members of Still Lonesome, Jeff Brown, Austin Brown, Meredith Goins, Josh Blankenship and Josh Underwood, all add their own unique flair to the group’s music. Wyatt Rice makes a guest appearance on guitar.
While fairly new as a music unit, Still Lonesome plays bluegrass music that showcases the years of musical experience spearheaded by Brown, who started playing with Sparks as bass player and tenor singer in 1993. Brown worked as a Lonesome Rambler from 1993-1996 and continued to play various dates and recording projects until forming Still Lonesome. He has also toured with The Charlie Sizemore Band as well as pulling fill-in duties with Blue Highway and Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.
With performances on some of country music’s greatest stages, including the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium as well as television shows like Austin City Limits and PBS’s Song of the Mountains, Brown is a seasoned performer with a long history.
Sparks himself said, “Jeff Brown understands the music from the Stanley Brothers to Larry Sparks. Jeff did the tenor singing and played bass in my band for some time and continues to record some with me to this day. Our music needs someone to help keep it alive and I believe Jeff is one of those who can do just that. I hope to hear more from Jeff and his band in the future.”
The youth of the group positions them to be a future favorite in the genre. Meredith Goins handles fiddle duties and has studied violin at UTC’s Cadek Conservatory, Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music and East Tennessee State University. She is a two time National Champion of Country Music Beginners at the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and first place winner of the 2011 Galax Fiddlers Convention. In 2003, she performed on the Grand Ole Opry with fiddle extraordinaire Aubrey Haynie, Vassar Clements, and Daniel Carwile at only the age of 14, and has since performed as a guest with The Boxcars, Roland White, Vassar Clements, Buddy Spicher, Wayne Henderson, and Melvin Goins to name a few.
Floyd, VA native, Josh Blankenship, is a talented mandolin player, songwriter and vocalist, who has performed with Statement and Ashlee Blankenship and Blades of Blue. Banjo player, Josh Underwood, is also from Floyd VA and brings his skills to the band as well as being a formidable songwriter and vocalist. He has performed with bands such as Statement, Makeshift, No Speed Limit, Ashlee Blankenship and Blades of Blue. Austin Brown on acoustic bass, is fifteen years old and sites musical influences such as Stanley, Tony & Wyatt Rice, Barry Bales, Larry & D. Sparks, Mike Bub, and more.