Sat. Dec. 8: J.D. CROWE & THE NEW SOUTH ‘Farewell Tour!’ -7:30pm- $35.00
J.D. Crowe, one of the most important band leaders influencing the growth of contemporary bluegrass music, became a household name after releasing a self-titled album on Rounder Records in 1975, an album that figured heavily into the early success of the Rounder label. A host of influential musicians were part of the New South over the years, including Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas and Doyle Lawson. J.D. joined Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys in the mid 1950′s then formed the Kentucky Mountain Boys in the 1960′s, eventually changing the name to The New South. J.D. is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, and a Grammy Award winning artist.
Many in the bluegrass music community were understandably concerned in February 2011 when J.D. took a spill when exiting his tour bus, breaking bones in his left arm in multiple places. After surgery and months of therapy, he was back on the road performing dates by late May 2011, and has kept a busy touring schedule since then. J.D.’s retirement is not related to the injuries sustained in that fall, and is happy to report that he fully recovered and is feeling great today. J.D. proclaimed that he made a promise to himself that he would”quit while he still felt good, and can enjoy retirement a little more”. It seems he has kept that promise.
Come see J.D. Crowe & The New South one final time here at The Birchmere!