Bales, Barry


  • From Kingsport, Tennessee.
  • A bass player who is best known for his tenure with Alison Krauss and Union Station (since 1990).
  • He was also worked as a sideman on albums and performances by other artists including Merle Haggard, Shania Twain, the Civil Wars, Elvis Costello, Dolly Parton, the Chieftains, Del McCoury, Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney, and Willie Nelson.
  • He also is a songwriter and producer. He has produced albums by Adam Steffey, Sierra Hull and Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out.
  • An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys any form of wing shooting. He is most passionate about duck hunting, traveling North America in pursuit of waterfowl, as well as managing his own duck club.
  • 2001, played bass on the soundtrack to the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou.”
  • 2007, worked with the Dan Tyminsky band.
  • 2013, formed a part-time Flatt and Scruggs tribute band with Jerry Douglas called The Earls of Leicester.
  • 2014, won his third IBMA Award for Bass Player of the Year (also won in 2008, 2013).