Grassfire interprets traditional bluegrass with a modern sound, played not just by musicians but by entertainers. Its five seasoned players grew up playing traditional bluegrass (Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, etc.). That influence expanded when Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, and Jerry "Flux" Douglas created a new style of bluegrass with complex chord progressions and a driving sound.
A favorite at festivals and events around the Mid-South, Grassfire boasts these fine members:
Randal Morton: A true musical genius on the five-string banjo, he has won both the Mid-South Banjo Championships and the National Bluegrass Banjo Championships. Randal is the driving force behind the upbeat, modern sound of Grassfire.
Lynn Jones: Lynn's smooth, swift, soothing harmonica interpretations add another new dimension to Grassfire. Lynn also plays mandolin and flute and has written numerous songs, including the notorious "Germantown Blues."
Robert Dickerson: If it has strings, Robert can probably play it. A former star on the Nashville music circuit, Robert was the pedal steel guitar player for Mark Collie for a decade. Choosing family over life on the road, Robert's attention soon turned to Memphis-area bluegrass.
Brad Robb: If you close your eyes and listen to Brad sing, you can hear early influences like Merle Haggard and Tony Rice. Brad was the emcee and lead singer in the country and bluegrass show at Memphis' Libertyland, and he has played all around the Mid-South and Europe.
Thomas Dunavent: A passionate bass player, Thomas always had a fascination with bluegrass but never had an opportunity to play it until moving to Desoto County in 1993. He eventually found an old "Kay" bass and has been making up for lost time since.