US banjo player JD Crowe who turns 75 this year has announced that after a professional career of some 60 years he will retire from the road.
Over the past 60 years, JD Crowe has demonstrated his abilities and taken his rightful place as one of the worlds great pickers and most influential banjo players. He came to prominence in the Jimmy Martin band as a teenager. He left Martin’ band some five year later to form the Kentucky Mountin Boys with Red Allen and Doyle Lawson. In about 1975 Crowe formed his long serving band JD Crowe and the New South.
During the reign of the New South band, JD Crowe met and inducted other greats such as Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Ricky Skaggs and Ron Stewart and many others move through his band an on to their own highly successful careers.
JD Crowe,s website has him offering thanks to the many musicians he has worked with and his fans for their support over the years.