The Gentlemen of Bluegrass is a relatively new group to appear on the bluegrass scene. The Gentlemen, based within the Carolinas, are noted for their close harmonies and resonant leads in the style of Charlie Waller, John Starling, Jim Eanes, and Jim Reeves.
The term “new” however is in name only as there are no new faces to be introduced other than JC Rowland, mandolin player and tenor singer extraordinaire. Danny Stanley does plays rhythm guitar and does most of the lead singing. If Bing Crosby had sung bluegrass, he would sound like Danny. Danny has played with several bands over the years and most recently with Carolina Sonshine, an award-winning bluegrass gospel band. He and his wife, Sharry, reside in Loris, SC. Tom Langdon plays banjo and Dobro and sings the baritone parts. Like Danny, he played with Carolina Sonshine for several years before the present formation. He also played Dobro with Lorriane Jordan and Carolina Road. Tom lives in Garner, NC with his wife Lorraine. Greg Penny plays acoustic bass and sings lead on quartet numbers. Greg has played drums for many years with Christian rock bands and southern rock. He, like Tom, also played with Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road prior to joining the Gentlemen of Bluegrass. Greg resides in Garner, NC with his wife Jackie. The most recent member to join the group is JC Rowland. JC plays mandolin and sings the tenor parts with occasional leads. JC played a stint with Jessie McReynolds after Jim passed away. JC lives in NC with his wife Bonnie.
With the addition of banjoist Eddie Adcock and bassist Tom Gray, legendary strains of history, nostalgia and a bit of old “newgrass” lift the Gentlemen of Bluegrass’ persona to new heights. Their instrumentation blends perfectly with the Waller/Duffey influenced vocals of Stanley, Rowland, and Langdon.
Eddie, a three-time Grammy nominee, composed over two hundred songs and instrumentals. His distinctive and innovative banjo playing led to stints with Mac Wiseman and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, before he joined the Country Gentlemen in early 1958.
Tom, a member of the classic edition of the Country Gentlemen and a founding member of the Seldom Scene, was perhaps the most influential bluegrass basses of the 70’s and 80’s. He was voted Best Bluegrass Player eight times while a member of the Seldom Scene and in 1966 was the first bassist to be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.
The Gentlemen of Bluegrass have recently released their new project on Blue Circle Records called “Lester’s Flatt.” The title cut, written by Tom T. & Dixie Hall, “The Part of Lester Flatt,” is getting radio play throughout the United States. Tom T and Miss Dixie appear on the final track, “Echoes of the Opry” as they introduce the many voices of Danny Stanley impersonating some well-known performers.
Audiences find The Gentlemen of Bluegrass with Adcock and Gray to be a combination of unique but familiar sounds and stage presence. The refreshing new deliveries by The Gentlemen of Bluegrass with the solid gold sounds of Adcock and Gray provide the audience with an experience filled with memories.