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THE KNOXVILLE GRASS

  • From Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Formed in 1976. Early members were Jimmy Millsapps (banjo), Glenn Laney (guitar), Paul Brewster (guitar), Darryl Wolfe (mandolin), Mike Davis (bass). Mark Newton (mandolin), Gary Ferguson (banjo), Byron Doss (fiddle) and Karl Tomasso (bass) were later members of this band.
  • Home base: Buddy’s Bar-B-Q in Knoxville, where they performed regularly.
  • 1977, released self-titled album on Atteiram Records.
  • 1978, released “Darby’s Castle” album (Thunderhead).
  • 1979, released “Evolution” album (Thunderhead).
  • 1980, released “Live at Buddy’s Barbecue” (Vasari).
  • 1981, released “Painted Lady” album (Leather).
  • Newton left to form the Virginia Squires. He has since performed and recorded as a solo artist.
  • Brewster went on to work with the Pinnacle Boys, the Osborne Brothers and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.
  • 1997, Laney formed a new group called The Knoxville Bluegrass Band.
  • 2000, they re-united to play the Graves Mountain Bluegrass Festival (produced by Mark Newton).
  • 2001, Laney died of cancer.
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