Formed in 1973. Original members: Allen Mills (bass, lead vocals), Gene Parker (banjo), Roger Handy (guitar) and Dempsey Young (mandolin).
Began recording in 1976 on the Outlet label, then were signed to Rebel Records in 1980.
On the name, says Mills, “At the time we started this band, all of us were lost in other bands; but we found each other through a mutual love for bluegrass music.”
Bass player and bandleader Allen Mills previously worked with the Easter Brothers and a country group called the T-Birds. As a songwriter, he is best known for “Love of the Mountains,” which has become a bluegrass standard.
Mills and Young formed the core of the group and preserved it’s sound. Other band members have included over the years Ronnie Bowman, Barry Berrier, Shane Bartley, Greg Luck, Jody King, Lynwood Lunsford, John Lewis, Scottie Sparks, Ben Green, Steve Wilson and others.