Biscuit Burners, The


  • From Asheville,North Carolina.
  • Formed in 2002 by Lizzie Hamilton (fiddle), Shannon Whitworth (guitar), Rocky Whittington (banjo) and Mary Lucey (bass). Hamilton had previously worked with the Steep Canyon Rangers.
  • Perform what they call “fiery mountain music.” A blend of old time, bluegrass and world music.
  • Started out as an all female-band, which explains the name … four women who were so engrossed in playing music that they forgot what was on the stove.
  • 2004, released first album Fiery Mountain Music (no label).
  • 2005, lineup included Lucey, Whitworth plus new members Bill Cardine (resophonic guitar), and Dan Bletz (guitar). Cardine and Lucey are married.
  • Cardine plays a 22-string resophonic guitar in the band (a cross between a Dobro™ and a sitar.) He spent time in India, studying music there.
  • The group conducts a “roots music in the schools” program to introduce elementary school children to appalachian, old-time, bluegrass and world music.
  • 2007, lineup included Lucey, Cardine, Bletz with new members Odessa Jorgensen (fiddle) and Wes Corbett (banjo).
  • 2007, Mary Lucey also worked with Uncle Earl on their “Waterloo, Tennessee” album and tour.
  • 2008, released Take Me Home album (no label).