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East Tennessee Blues, by Robby Norris (14) & Tom Isaacs (19)

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Uploaded on Mar 31, 2008

Wow!! I met these young men at the Gibson Showcase store in Nashville, Tennessee, in February 2008. Robby and Tom are from North Carolina, and they were in Nashville for the same reason I was -- the annual festival of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America. Very fine pickers! They belong to the Surefire Bluegrass Band, and they just put out a CD. Be sure to visit their website. It is good to see the future of bluegrass! (Robby's dad also makes mandolins.)

Surefire Bluegrass has been chosen as one of 8 regional groups to compete for a chance to open for The Lonesome River Band at the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock on Saturday, May 17, 2008.

Surefire Bluegrass Band was officially formed in December 2007. The band consists of: John Bryan (age 17 - banjo), Tom Isaacs (age 19 - guitar) and Robby Norris (age 14 - mandolin).

The debut CD, which was released on Christmas Eve, 2007, is entitled The Old, Old House. There are 12 songs on the project including: Julie Ann, Crying Holy, Little Maggie, Pike County Breakdown (instrumental) and I'll Wear A White Robe, which is done acapella.

I'm not sure which Gibson model mandolin this is. I think it is the Wayne Benson model F5, but it could be the Sam Bush or Doyle Lawson. When I hit the lottery, my first order of business after donating half of it to my church, is to use the other half to upgrade from my Goldrush to the Sam Bush model mandolin!

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